Jonesport seeks to take over Moose Peak Light

Posted Oct. 05, 2010, at 10:45 p.m.

JONESPORT, Maine — The town of Jonesport has organized a committee to apply to take ownership of the Moose Peak Light on Mistake Island.

The Moose Peak Light was established in 1826, and the existing 57-foot tower was built in 1851. Keepers last staffed the station in 1972. It is officially recorded as the lighthouse with the most days of fog in the country.

While the lighthouse sits on 27-acre Mistake Island, the lighthouse property includes only 4 acres of the island. The Nature Conservancy owns the remaining acreage.

According to Jonesport selectmen, the lighthouse acquisition will be accomplished without any new appropriation and the town will be the official owner of the structure and its surrounding real estate.

A new 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Keepers of Moose Peak Light, is being established to manage the lighthouse.

The committee is looking for assistance in fundraising, development of the management plan and preparing the ownership application.

Anyone interested in helping with the project or in assisting financially with donations should contact the Jonesport Town Office at 497-5926, or Keepers of Moose Peak Light at 598-5964 or