We visited the lighthouse in late August 2008, just two weeks before one of the two remaining keeper's dwellings was lost to arson. The lighthouse had just been painted earlier that summer, so it turns out the timing for our visit was quite fortunate. Sambro Island, home to the oldest operating lighthouse in the Americas, is a great place to visit. It would be great if a volunteer caretaker program could be established in the remaining residence before it too is lost. A third keeper's dwelling was moved off the island years ago and is used as a private residence in Sambro.