Celebrating 150 Years!

On August 20, 2022, we will celebrate 150 years of the Burnt Coat Harbor Light Station, Swan’s Island, Maine. The tower was first lit up in August 1872 and has been marking the entrance to Burnt Coat Harbor ever since. The program on August 20 will begin with a flag raising and reveille at 9 am. There will be a community lunch at the Oddfellows Hall from 11 am to 2 pm with story telling and music to follow from 2 to 3:30 pm. The keeper’s house will be open for extended hours, and between 4 pm and 5 pm there will be a time capsule ceremony (time capsule prepared by students from the Swan’s Island School) and a cake cutting. The grand finale will be evening fireworks over Burnt Coat Harbor.


The glass block pictured here was formerly part of a window in the Burnt Coat Harbor Light Tower. Ten of these glass blocks have been transformed into lights and will be auctioned off as part of the 150-year anniversary celebration. 

The lights will be auctioned off in a blind auction. Bidding starts at $100.  Samples may be viewed and bids will be accepted at the lighthouse during regular hours (11 am to 3 pm, Tues-Sat.)

  • Fill out a bid sheet, seal it in one of the envelopes provided, and hand it to the manager or drop it into the bid box. 
  • Alternatively, you may register your bid on-line via FOSIL’s e-mail, [email protected]. Your email bid will be printed, sealed and added to the bid box.
  • Deadline for bids is 2 pm on August 20.

Winners will be announced August 20 at 4:00 PM. You need not be present to win. 

Lights can be collected beginning August 20 after 4:00 PM or shipped to your address. (Shipping costs will be added to the bid total.)

The blocks were installed in the light tower around 1940 and removed in 2020.  Each block has been individually cleaned, hand-painted, and mounted on a cherry wood stand which also conceals the light’s batteries. Pitting on the glass is evidence of the off-shore wind, rain, sleet and salt water that buffeted the tower windows for 80 years. A certificate of authenticity accompanies each light.

What Visitors Have To Say

This was the trip and stay of a lifetime! New England and island life at its best. We had the opportunity and fortune to meet some of the nicest people ever! Swans Island people gave us a giant welcoming hug!!

- Susan and family, July 2021

Our hosts were WONDERFUL and helpful, and being able to go up into the lighthouse tower was amazing. An all around unforgettable experience. THANK YOU!

- Michael and Kurt, June 2021

This is our first time to Swan’s Island and the Keeper’s House Apartment….How lucky we are to have found this treasure! We loved our week of peace, nature, and beauty. The shimmering water, the ever-changing sky and clouds, the trails in the woods …made for a restorative week.

- Paul and Bonnie, August 2020

This place quietly, simply, intoxicates you. Senses are full; smell, sights, sounds … yet not enough to overwhelm, just enough to soothe, just enough to make you fully aware of the natural gift Hockamock offers.

- Conrad and Michelle, August 2020

What a perfect holiday!! … Heaven on earth …lobster every night for dinner, fabulous hikes, amazing kayaking, spectacular sunsets…But perhaps the most cherished memory is the kind and lovely people of this island….

- Mary Beth & Michael, Sept. 2020

I have always wanted to stay at a lighthouse and now my dream has come true! The keeper’s quarters and the entire lighthouse park completely exceeded my expectations! Thanks for providing everything my son and I needed for a perfect stay and such amazing hospitality….

- Kristin and Izak, Sept. 2020

What a magic place. Sun and moon glinting off the water. The lighthouse beam in the trees, the sound of a gentle surf when the tide is in. The bell buoy ringing in the channel. Wonderful sunsets.

- Mike and Kathy, September 2019

The view out our window - moonlight on the ocean, porpoises, giant owls - plus the sound of the gong, and the wild berries…truly a special experience.

- Rebecca and Rich, August 2019

The apartment is beautiful. And the view is amazing! We could not have asked for a better vacation. We plan to return!

- Ann and Dave, September 2018

Thank you to ALL who made our stay so wonderful and relaxing. To the Islanders who told of trails to explore, thank you! We look forward to returning to this little piece of heaven on earth.

- Heather and Jamie, September 2018

From the amazing Light Keeper’s House to the beautiful view from the porch of the same, the amazingly friendly people, and our daily hikes along this rugged Maine Coast. Everything was perfect.

- Leesa and Howard, August 2018

Everything is magical! This is one of the best vacations! Ever!

- Ronald and Janet, July 2018

The beauty you offer is immeasurable. The clarity of light, wind, and Downeast character here recharged me.

- Lee, June 2018

What a wonderful place! We were in awe the moment we arrived. What a quiet and peaceful location for a vacation.

- David and Lorie, June 2018

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

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

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

- Mary, July 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 2017