What keeps the light burning?
There are many answers to this question. In the early days, it was kerosene followed by electrical power and ultimately today, it is solar power. The fuel however, is only part of the answer. What really powers this lighthouse and keeps this light shining for all to see, is the people power.
Today, it is volunteers who perform many functions from cleaning and routine maintenance of the structure, to staffing open house days greeting people from down the street, across the nation and around the world.
What a joy it is to greet people who say, “I’ve lived here my whole life…” or “I’ve sailed past this lighthouse my whole life…” followed by, “but I’ve never been inside. Wow!” Then the stories start coming out revealing some little piece of history the visitor knows about this lighthouse or the keepers. We greedily capture this information like fireflies on a summer night. Little pieces of “light” and history that would have been lost had we not had the doors open.
All of our visitors have a chance not just to see something, but also to experience it as they walk around the keeper’s house looking at the exhibits and climb the stairs to the lantern room for a 360-degree view of the surrounding mountains, town, and harbor from nearly a mile out to sea.
Right now, open house opportunities are limited, but everyday there are people who would love the opportunity to come inside once they have made the journey out the 7/8 mile long breakwater. With more volunteers, we could expand our open house days.
There are many ways to become a volunteer…
Perhaps you just love to talk with people and share this wonderful place we call home.
Or maybe you enjoy tackling small maintenance or cleaning tasks.
On the other hand, you may have a talent for fundraising and organizing event activities.
Please tell us how you would like to assist in caring for Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse. To learn more about becoming a volunteer: