This iconic landmark off the coast of Maine was once used as a base for men who saved the lives of mariners in distress
WOOD ISLAND Life Saving Station
While it is still beautiful today, Wood Island has fallen into disrepair after many years of neglect
Now a group of dedicated local citizen historians have a plan to restore The Station and turn it into a maritime museum
THE RESTORATION PLAN
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Wood Island August 2017 Update
Restoring the Wood Island Life Saving Station
207 WCSH Channel 6, September 18 2017
2017 Flotilla to Wood Island
Wood Island on WMUR – May 22nd, 2017
Saved by Men in Cork – January 2nd, 2017
Drone Video “Greatest Hits” of 2015/2016
WILSSA is turning 5 years old! Here is a recent video showing amazing progress.
August 31, 2016 Update
Wood Island Restoration Aerial Video (6/24/16 Update!)
The first phase of the project to save Wood Island Station is under way! Check out the latest drone video here:
Announcement of Contractors Selection!
The first phase of the project to save Wood Island Station will occur this summer! Clean up work to remove all asbestos will come first and then there will be critical repairs to the building’s structure and exterior. Chesterfield Associates will be the General Contractor and Preservation Timber Framing Co and Envirovantage will provide the expert know-how and craftsmen to do the work. The full restoration shown in this cool video won’t be finished this summer, but with your help we can continue to raise funds and make some great progress.
About Wood Island
At the mouth of the Piscataqua River in Kittery Point, Maine a graying old structure is slowly crumbling on a small island. The Wood Island Life Saving Station has stood watch for more than 100 years. Before the US Coast Guard existed, this was a place for men of the US Life Saving Service to wait with small rowing boats to go out to help mariners in distress. The Town of Kittery owns the 1907 station and twice has recommended demolition of the building. Our group formed a 501 c 3 non-profit to oppose the demolition and offer to raise the funds to undertake its restoration. We are called the Wood Island Life Saving Station Association or WILSSA. Read more about progress updates here.