Bakers Island Light Station is located on Bakers Island in Salem Sound, a 60 acre island with a large summer colony. The 10 acre light station is located in the northwest quadrant of the island, and has been owned and operated by the federal government since 1798. The rest of the island is in private ownership including the Bakers Island Wharf. Currently the only way for the public to access the island is aboard our landing craft the Naumkeag.
The deed to historic Bakers Island Light Station was transferred on August 27, 2014 from the United States government to the Essex National Heritage Commission (Essex Heritage). Thanks to all of the Bakers Backers, restoration was completed on the masonry lighthouse, two keepers’ houses, lantern and oil buildings.
See the Light!
Bakers Island is a private island. There is no public access. But guess what? You can visit the Light Station with Essex Heritage!
Stay Overnight at the Light!
Reservations for the 2018 Summer Season are available! Learn more >>
Read the Bakers Bulletin Blog
Our lighthouse keepers, Tara & Brian, are documenting their stay out on Bakers Island this summer! Read more >>
Sponsor a Window
Essex Heritage is launching a "Sponsor a Window" campaign to help cover the cost of purchasing and installing storm windows at Bakers Island Light.
This winter was a long one, and we are so glad it's finally over! Now our thoughts are turning to longer days, warmer weather and of course, historic preservation. One of the major projects we will be taking on this season is the installation of new storm windows and screens in both keepers' cottages at the Light Station - 35 windows total! Each storm window is estimated to cost $200 and replacing them won't be such a "pane" with your help!
You can donate at 3 different levels; $50 to contribute a quarter window, $100 to contribute a half window and $200 to sponsor a full window!
Donations can also be made by check, made out to Essex Heritage, and mailed to 10 Federal Street, Suite 12, Salem MA 01970. Please put in the memo: "Sponsor a window donation"
Support from the community helps us to take care of this precious historic asset in Essex County and preserve it for many years to come. Donors will be acknowledged at our Annual Fall Meeting in 2018 and via signage onsite.
- About Bakers Island, by Jim McAllister -- www.salemweb.com/tales/bakersisland.php
- Lighthouse Friends -- www.lighthousefriends.com
- U.S. Coast Guard -- www.uscg.mil/history/weblighthouses/lhma.asp
- National Park Service -- www.nps.gov/caha/historyculture/fresnellens.htm
- New England Lighthouses: A Virtual Guide -- www.newenglandlighthouses.net/bakers-island-light-history.html