A year after profiling our purchase of Graves Light, Joe Kahn of the Boston Globe wrote an engaging feature about the progress we’ve made to date and the plans we still have.
In a page-one, above-the-fold story datelined Graves Island Light Station on September 16, the Globe laid out what it called “A long to-do list for feeling at home in the lighthouse.”
“We’re figuring this out as we go, though,” Dave says in the Globe, “having no previous experience with something like this.”
“Few people do,” the Globe comments. “Fewer still have the passion and resources that Waller, 51, a Boston businessman who lives in a converted firehouse in Malden, has brought to renovating one of the state’s iconic landmarks, aiming to covert it into equal parts family vacation home and historic preservation project.”
The online version includes a gallery of pictures by Globe photographer Wendy Maeda, and a video.
While the Globe focused on Keeper Dave as the main character, it laid out the bigger picture of family members, contractors, volunteers, local officials, and well-wishers who are making the revival of Graves Light possible.
“Waller says his biggest surprise has not been the extent of the repair work, or the price tag attached,” the Globe reports.
“‘It’s been the outpouring of positive energy from the community — and willingness for contractors to actually come out and work on this,’ he said, grinning. ‘I thought people might say, “Hell, I’m not working out there on this rusty old lighthouse.” But they haven’t.'”
One year later, the Globe asks Dave what a lot of people have been asking: Will there be any public access to the lighthouse in the future, and might people have a chance to rent it out as a B&B?
“Yes and yes, says Waller. For now, anyone attempting to land on the rocky outcropping is trespassing and warned to stay clear. Once access is improved, though, open houses should become more feasible. Short-term rentals, too. ‘Because it’s something worth sharing,’ he said, bounding between floors. ‘People are curious.'”
Hello Keepers !
I heard you both give an illustrated talk about 2 years ago.Fascinating.
Would you be willing to give a talk to my Yacht Squadron in Boston
on January 6th in the evening ?
I know our members would find your story inspiring.
Let me know either way.
Thank you, John Appleton 978-578-6704