FOSIL Gets an Award!

Friends of the Swan’s Island Lighthouse just received the Keeper of the Light award from the American Lighthouse Foundation (ALF) for outstanding work on lighthouse restoration.

Here’s ALF’s description of the work at Burnt Coat Harbor Light Station: “The dedicated and talented efforts of the Friends of the Swan’s Island Lighthouse represent a ‘gold standard’ when it comes to lighthouse restoration….It has also provided the national lighthouse community with a shining example of preservation excellence.”


The Keeper of the Light award is the highest award made by ALF. Many, many people have a part in this award, including the Town of Swan’s Island, which has provided steady support and encouragement to FOSIL. Thanks to all the contributors, volunteers, and grant makers who helped make this possible! And a big thank you to ALF.

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What Visitors Have To Say

Sunrises and sunsets are stunning, punctuated by the parade of lobster and sail boats.

- Barbara, August 18, 2017

I cannot express the gratitude I have for all of the dedication and hard work that has been given to the restoration of such a beautiful Light House.

- Kathy, July 2, 2017

You truly have a treasure…. perched out here atop the rocks with the vast sea at the doorstep…. we watched a bright moon spilling its light onto the water, listening to the music of the waves, and wondering anew at the stars emerging in the dark sky….

- Susan, September 2017

Took our weekly vacation on Swans Island, really enjoyed our great times there with our family & friends.

- Edith, April 20, 2016

We just stayed there and it is tremendous. The view and setting is amazing. The quality of the Keeper's house (2nd floor) is excellent. It is fresh, well decorated and spacious.

- Mary, July 15, 2017

We are fortunate to have traveled to many places in this world, but still contend, by far, this is the prettiest place on earth. Stay in the keeper's house - you will not be disappointed!!!! It is special.

- Spencer, July 10, 2017

The apartment, the weather, the people, the beach, the trails and especially the views have been exceptional.

- Ted and Carol, August 12, 2017

This has been a lifetime experience! The beauty of Swan’s Island can’t be described in words or photographs, for they just don’t do it justice….I look forward to coming back again next year!

- Lacy, September 2017