Light Hearted

Light Hearted 210 – Goat Island, Maine, part 2 of 2

In 1990, Goat Island Light Station, at the entrance to Cape Porpoise Harbor in southern Maine, became one of the last light stations in the country to be automated and destaffed. After automation, the island became the property of the nonprofit Kennebunkport Conservation Trust.

Goat Island Light Station, photo by Jeremy D’Entremont

A project to rebuild the station’s fog bell tower and the covered walkway between the tower and keeper’s house was completed in the fall of 2011. The station’s fog bell, long on display at the Kennebunkport Historical Society, was returned to the island and now hangs on the side of the bell tower. The Trust now faces a new challenge with the loss of the power cable that provided electricity on the island.

Scott Dombrowski, the island overseer for the trust, has spent much time on the island over the past 30 years with his wife, Karen, and their two sons, Eric and Gregory. Tom Bradbury is the executive director of the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust. This is part two of a two-part interview with Karen and Scott Dombrowski, along with Tom Bradbury. Also taking part in the discussion is Bob Trapani, Jr., executive director of the American Lighthouse Foundation, along with Light Hearted host Jeremy D’Entremont.

Watch the Goat Island Lighthouse dedication event that took place on October 12, 2011:

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