Lighthouses: Free to Good Keepers
The National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of
2000 allows surplus historic lighthouses and stations to be put to creative
General Services Administration (GSA) may transfer these
properties at no cost to federal agencies, tribes, state and local governments,
nonprofit corporations, educational agencies or community development
Uses for the transferred lighthouses include:
- Cultural uses
- Historic uses
River Light, located in Washington County, Maine, is one of twenty lighthouse
transfers announced in 2002.
to the Lighthouse
In applying for the property, grantees agree to rehabilitate the lighthouse
in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior’s “Standards
for Rehabilitation,” to maintain the property in perpetuity, to
allow Coast Guard access to the navigation aid, and to provide regular
public access to the property. A group's financial ability to maintain
the historic light station and adhere to the terms and conditions of the
transfer are considered in the review process. In the event no new acceptable
steward is found, the act authorizes the sale of the property.
National Park Service’s
NPS reviews all applications, assists the GSA with the property transfer,
and plays an important role in ensuring the building is properly rehabilitated
and maintained in perpetuity.