The Town Lighthouse Committee (TLC) manages the operations of the Burnt Coat Harbor Light on behalf of the Town of Swan’s Island. Operational decisions for the Lighthouse are made through this Committee and operational funds flow through the Lighthouse Committee accounts of the Town.
In 1994 the Town of Swan’s Island acquired the title to Burnt Coat Harbor Lighthouse ("Lighthouse”) from the U.S. Coast Guard, with a concurrent obligation to preserve and maintain the Lighthouse structures in accordance with the plan approved in writing by the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). The property is to be used for educational, historical, recreational and cultural programs open to and for the benefit of the general public.
In 1999, to carry out its obligation to “preserve and maintain” the property the Town of Swan’s Island established a Town Lighthouse Committee. Since 2006, the TLC has overseen the preservation and restoration of the Lighthouse, guided by the Historic Preservation Plan approved and monitored by SHPO. The Town of Swan’s Island, acting through the TLC, is responsible for all the work done at the Lighthouse including opening the house and tower to the public in the summer months and management of the buildings and structures and adjacent park and trails.
Meetings: Meeting dates and time are posted at the Town of Swan’s Island offices. Beginning in June, the TLC meets for one hour every Wednesday beginning at 4:00 p.m. at the Town Office and by Zoom. From October through May meetings are generally held on the second Wednesday of each month beginning at 4:00 p.m. by Zoom.
Additional Information: All Swan’s Island community members can become lightkeepers and all are welcome to join! All of our meetings are open to the public.
- Barbara Howland
- Eric Chetwynd
- Link hart
- There are approximately 27 members of the committee.