Marshall Point Lighthouse to re-create keeper's barn

Sep 13, 2017
From left, Diana Bolton, chairman, Marshall Point Lighthouse Committee, Nat Lyon, director MPLH Museum, Paul Gill, Paul Gill Timber Frame Inc.

Port Clyde — Marshall Point Lighthouse and Museum is preparing to build a 18-foot x 25-foot replica of the original keeper’s barn and workshop, which stood behind the keeper’s house for more than74 years. The Coast Guard removed the building in 1971. The barn will house artifacts, incorporating a small office area, and offering additional display space.

The contract has been awarded to Gill Timber Frame Co., a local craftsman who specializes in traditional joinery and materials. Paul Gill and his wife, Missy, lived in the lighthouse apartment for a couple of years, until their growing family required more space. Nat Lyon, director of the lighthouse museum, has worked to make sure that the building, as a national landmark, meets all of the requirements set by The Maine Historical Preservation Commission. The materials and techniques used in the construction of the keeper’s barn and workshop will reflect the period in which it was originally built.

Construction will not start until the project is fully funded. The Lighthouse and Museum estimates the construction cost to be about $150,000. For more information, visit online at marshallpoint.org.

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