MA’s Baker’s Island Residents Adjust to Changes

MA’s Bakers Island Residents Adjust to Changes
Baker’s Island, photo courtesy New England Lighthouses: A Virtual Guide

The rocky 60-acre island of Baker’s Island, Massachusetts about 4 miles east of Salem Harbor is home to a proud and determinedly private summer community of about 100 residents, most of whom have cottages that have been passed down in their families for generations. For years they tried unsuccessfully to win control of the Coast Guard property Baker’s Island Light Station to safeguard the island and its lifestyle.

Now, according to an article on, they say they’re ready to work cooperatively, and the light station’s new owners, Essex National Heritage Commission, appear intent on making the relationship succeed even as they plan to begin a few guided tours of the light station next year. The 10-acre property at the north end of the island includes the masonry lighthouse and two keeper’s houses. The rest of the island is privately owned, with no public roads or utilities except some firefighting equipment.

Read about changes on Massachusetts’ Baker’s Island.