About Us
Who We Are & What We Do

MISSION STATEMENT

The purpose of Project Gurnet & Bug Lights, Inc. shall be to operate a non-profit organization which shall be actively engaged in the restoration, preservation, and maintenance of Duxbury Pier Light (Bug Light) and The Plymouth Light Station (Gurnet Light, Fort Andrew, and the Keeper’s Cottage), and to encourage public awareness and support of these unique historic monuments to our nautical past.

PRESERVATION

Project Bug Light was formed in response to the Coast Guard’s plan to replace Bug Light with a light atop a fiberglass pole in 1983. For over 30 years a salty band of volunteers has preserved first Bug Light, and later Gurnet Light, Fort Andrew and the Keeper’s Cottage, under licenses from the U.S. Coast Guard. Now known as Project Gurnet and Bug Lights, Inc. (PG&BL), our group has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to preserve these landmarks.

Committee members have volunteered thousands of hours maintaining the lighthouses. We are responsible for the upkeep of the structures themselves and the surrounding property while the Coast Guard continues to maintain the actual aids to navigation (the lanterns, foghorns, and solar panels).

NOTEWORTHY ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • 1983 — Incorporated and “SAVED” Bug Light!
  • 1984 — Project Bug Light given license to maintain and preserve the lighthouse by the U.S. Coast Guard
  • 1999 — Assumed responsibility for Gurnet Light
  • 2007 — Re-shingled Gurnet Light
  • 2009-2010 — Spent over $200,000 on structural restoration and painting of Bug Light
  • 2013 — Restored Gurnet Light’s Lantern Room
  • 2014 — Applied for ownership of Bug Light through the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act
  • 2015 — Installed a state-of-the-art Weather Station on Gurnet Point which provides weather conditions for mariners on our website at www.buglight.org
  • 2016 — Created informative signage at Plymouth Light Station
  • 2018 — Hosted a 250th Birthday Celebration for the Plymouth Light Station

FUTURE CHALLENGES

Our most critical concern is the ongoing cliff erosion of Fort Andrew. Over 35 feet have been lost in the last 7 years. We have funded over $100,000 in engineering studies and remain engaged in the permitting process to arrest the erosion. Current cost estimates to complete this important work exceed $1,000,000.

  • Design and construct a revetment/seawall to control the rapid erosion of Fort Andrew
  • Continue our commitment to ongoing restoration, preservation and maintenance
  • Establish an endowment to achieve long-term financial stability
  • Acquire eventual ownership of Plymouth Light Station (Gurnet Light)
  • Increase recognition of the military history of Fort Andrew
  • Construct a museum on-site to house our collections

FUTURE CHALLENGES

Our most critical concern is the ongoing cliff erosion of Fort Andrew. Over 35 feet have been lost in the last 7 years. We have funded over $100,000 in engineering studies and remain engaged in the permitting process to arrest the erosion. Current cost estimates to complete this important work exceed $1,000,000.

  • Design and construct a revetment/seawall to control the rapid erosion of Fort Andrew
  • Continue our commitment to ongoing restoration, preservation and maintenance
  • Establish an endowment to achieve long-term financial stability
  • Acquire eventual ownership of Plymouth Light Station (Gurnet Light)
  • Increase recognition of the military history of Fort Andrew
  • Construct a museum on-site to house our collections

Our Board

PRESIDENT

Dolly Snow Bicknell

VP/DIRECTOR OF FACILITIES

Scott Day

TREASURER

Greg Hunter

CLERK

Dolly Snow Bicknell

VP/GURNET LIGHT

Eric Strom

VP/FORT ANDREW

Walter Hempel

VP/KEEPER’S COTTAGE

Robert Slade

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Ed Beaulieu
Susan Beaulieu
Donald Gunster
Diane F. Hunter
Shirley Muirhead Jenkins
Mary Ott
Jaclyn Robinson
Rosemarie Slade
Geoffrey Stewart
Pam Webster-Walsh

HONORARY DIRECTORS

Richard Boonisar
Anita Haffey
Alberta Kirkpatrick

HISTORIAN

Paul Christian