Preservation News

Machias Savings Bank has graciously donated $500 towards the desperately needed repair of the chimney.  Thanks!

It was eleven years ago when the volunteer efforts of the non-profit Firends of Little River Lighthouse and the American Lighthouse Foundation started in it successful effort to remove the Little River Lighthouse from being one of Maine’s Ten Most Endangered Historic Properties.  Although great progress has been made, there is much work to be done.

The exterior of the lighthouse tower again needs to be sand-blasted and painted.  The interior rust needs to be repaired, the interior wood needs to be replaced and/or repaired, and the spiral stairway and all other metal parts need to be repainted.  The estimated cost is $30,000.  The exterior of the Keeper’s House needs to be repainted and the chimney needs to be repaired.  Interior cracked plaster needs to be repaired and many of the rooms now need to be repainted.  The total estimated cost for the Keeper’s House is $15,000.

Currently the the lighthouse has three boats, all were donated.  None of the boats are of the design and style that are required for transporting large amounts of supplies and people to and from the island.  The estimated cost for the proper vessel and engine is $65,000.

Private and Corporate Donations, purchase of gift items, and booking stays and events on the island all help to ensure the ongoing preservation of this historic Downeast landmark property.

Thank You!