Each summer we offer our lighthouse friends an opportunity to contribute to FOSIL. You may have heard about our annual appeal already – and if you have already contributed, please know that we are so appreciative! Everything we do depends on the generosity of our friends – and every dollar contributed goes directly into the Swan’s Island lighthouse restoration and management programs.

This has been an extraordinary year, as it has been for all of us. For the last several years, for 3 months each summer, we have provided activities and exhibits for visitors to the light station. With some trepidation, and with careful COVID-19 protections in place, the Town continued that tradition in 2020, opening the keeper’s house and tower for summer visitors starting in July. It was the right decision. Although days and hours were curtailed, we saw a steady flow of visitors who came to visit the keeper’s house, to admire the art and the history displayed there, to climb the tower and walk the paths around Hockamock Head.

At the same time, the building restorations continued. We have been working on the restoration for almost 15 years, and it is so close to completion! Work on the light tower continues including repairs to the exterior, glistening new exterior paint, and a railing around the lantern catwalk have been completed. Work awaits on the tower’s interior masonry, the bell house, fuel house, and paths. We count on you to help us complete this final phase.

In this difficult year, our Annual Appeal is particularly important! If you are able, please help us move ahead by writing a check to FOSIL and sending it to FOSIL Treasurer, PO Box 213, Swan’s Island, ME 04685, or you may donate online here. THANK YOU FROM THE FOSIL BOARD!

What Visitors Have To Say

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