Island Facts: Little Brewster
Home to Boston Light, the oldest lighthouse site in the country.
Island names have changed, depending on ownership and the customs of the times. What's in a Name? lists alternate names for park islands (and a few Harbor islands not within the park). Following are known names for Little Brewster Island:
This bedrock outcropping is one of the Brewsters, a group of the outermost islands in the park. It is an active Coast Guard navigational aid facility, so the buildings are not open to the casual visitor and there are no public rest rooms on the island. A carry-in/carry-out policy applies to all trash.
Boston Light is a National Historic Landmark, listed in the National Register of Historic Places. For more information about the facility, please go to the National Park Service Maritime Heritage Program Inventory of Historic Light Stations.
Visitor Facilities & Services
The Boston Light tower is open for group tours during spring, summer, and fall by arrangement only: call 617-223-8666. Little Brewster Island is open to private boaters on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM for drop-off and pick-up only-No docking. Boaters must anchor off shore.
Natural History Overview
Views and Vistas
Did You Know?
Constructed in 1716, Boston Light on Little Brewster Island is the oldest lighthouse site in the country. British forces burned down the original lighthouse when they fled Boston in 1776. It was rebuilt in 1783 and is now open for visitors to Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area. More...