Keeper Milan – family reunion at the lighthouse, stories and grave marker dedication.


Milan Family
A LIGHTHOUSE STORY – There was a gathering of about 20 Milan family descendants on the island on Saturday July 1, to tour the lighthouse and place a U.S. Lighthouse Service marker on the grave of Keeper Orrin Milan, who was the longest-serving keeper at the Burnt Coat Harbor Light Station. Keeper Milan, his wife Nettie and their two children, Frank and Urla, lived at the light station for 35 years — from 1897-1932.


Milan Family


Milan family at the keeper’s house — then and now.


Milan Family


Milan Family
In the ceremony at Keeper Milan’s gravesite (which is in the Grindle Hill cemetery, next to the Methodist Church on North Road) David Milan of Orono, ME, told a family story. Orrin Milan’s father, Captain Thomas Milan, fell overboard near Mt Desert Rock. The ship’s cook, whose name was Lindsey, jumped in and brought him to safety. When Orrin was born, he was given the middle name of Lindsey in honor of the cook’s brave rescue. Since then, every male Milan has had the middle name of Lindsey. David asked how many Milans present had Lindsey as a middle name, and several hands went up.


As the ceremony concluded, David placed the marker and his granddaughter Keara Milan – 6th generation descendant of Orrin – placed the Stars and Stripes next to the marker. John Bryan and Dexter Lee helped to organize the event.
Milan Family

What Visitors Have To Say

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

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

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

- Ted and Carol, August 12, 2017

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

- Edith, April 20, 2016

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

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

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

- Barbara, August 18, 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