Former USCG Station Quoddy Head was privately purchased by Bill Clark in May 2000. The property then consisted of 3 USCG buildings on 5 acres. Having visited Maine since the 1960’s, Bill was fishing around Grand Lake Stream, had some downtime [too windy!], and took a day trip to Lubec and Campobello. Immediately taken by Lubec, further visits found Bill in the right place at the right time when the de-commissioned Station came on the market. He had previously restored five 18th century homes, an 1820s barn and had developed and operated Randall’s Ordinary, a country inn featuring open hearth cooking.
Always historically minded, Bill learned about the heritage of the US Life Saving Service [USLSS] and the US Coast Guard. Over time, he researched and documented the specifics of the architecture and history of Quoddy Head Station. Careful, detailed restoration commenced in 2001, first on the Cabin [storage for lifesaving apparatus] and then on The Station House in 2002. Bill added a second floor to The Lodge [maintenance building] in 2003. Additional lodging was constructed in 2007, named The Camp, and The Keeper’s Cottage was finished in 2011. Quoddy Hall opened in June 2014, providing Bill’s residence and office on the first floor and a 50-seat event center on the second floor.
Forty guests can now enjoy Maine’s Real Downeast unspoiled heritage in West Quoddy Station’s 6 building complex in its private, coastal setting.
Meet Bill Clark
1790 Hopley Yeaton became America’s first commissioned Naval officer. Yeaton moves to Lubec to form what becomes The Revenue Cutter Service.
In 1806, Yeaton recommends to Jefferson that West Quoddy Light beconstructed. Hopley passes in 1812 and is buried on his property. His wife, Comfort, joined him 2 years later.
1871 Sumner Kimball, a Maine native who attended Bowdoin College,made chief of the Revenue Marine Service and Life Saving Stations. Kimball joined Lincoln’s Treasury Department in 1862 as Clerk with his law degree.
1873 Carrying Place Cove Life Saving Station construction started on Quoddy Head. The station was the first of 25 1874 type stations constructed specifically for Kimball’s envisioned lifesaving function.
1878 The USLSS, with Kimball as General Superintendent, officially established.
1880 Station Quoddy Head property purchased [from Brown family] for site of new lifesaving station. Carrying Place was determined not practical due to difficult lifesaving boat launches at low tide on mile-long mud flats.
1915 Revenue Cutter Service and United States Life Saving Service merged to become the United States Coast Guard.
1915 USCG Quoddy Head Station 1, District 1, under construction at old Brown site. A small boathouse and service building were constructed.
c.1919. A tower, topped with a metal enclosure for Coast Guard lookouts for boat counts, was erected on an opposite hill. Additional buildings were erected and demolished over the years, including a bosun’s buoy practice tower.
1923 Sumner Kimball interred in Forest Grove Cemetery in Augusta,Maine
C.1926 Carrying Place Cove Life Saving Station destroyed by fire, possibly as a fire department exercise.
C.1930 3 bay boathouse built with winch and 3 track marine railroad extending 200’ into the bay. The boathouse was used for maintenance and storage.
C.1950 3 bay maintenance building was constructed. A radio room and standby generator were also included in this cement block, flat roofed structure.
1970 USCG Quoddy Head Station 1, District 1 decommissioned. Propertyreverts to GSA. Property consists of 3 building on hill with boathouse below, on 10 acres.
1976 Hopley Yeaton interred in a crypt outside the Academy Chapel as “Father of the United States Coast Guard.”
1984 West Quoddy Biological Research Station established by Dorothy Spero for Marine Mammal Sounds, Research and Recovery. All 4 buildings are utilized. Closed due to lack of funds during mid 90’s. Back to GSA.
1990 West Quoddy Lifesaving Station nominated and accepted on the National Register of Historic Places as a Private Historic District.
1998 Quoddy Head Station purchased from GSA through litigation by a private individual and the SSA.
2000 Bill Clark purchases 3 Coast Guard buildings [on hill] and 5 acres for restoration as an adaptive reuse for lodging. Buildings had been gutted and were in tear-down condition without utilities.
2001 Cabin is repurposed from Mammal Research Museum/Life Saving apparatus garage to 2-bed unit.
2002 Station House restored to become 5 bedroom, 2 ½ bath, single family house.
2003 The Lodge, with 4 units, completed by adding a second floor to the 3 bay former maintenance building.
2006 The Camp built as a reconstruction of an 1849 Cape Cod Lifesaving Boathouse with 1 bedroom.
2011 The Keeper’s Cottage built as a reconstruction of the 2 bedroom 1808 West Quoddy Light House Keeper’s home.
2014 Quoddy Hall erected for owner’s residence and office. There is a 50-seat event room on the second floor. The building is in the form of an old schoolhouse/meetinghouse, complete with bell tower.
Bill, a Lubec resident, divides his time between West Quoddy Station and
dealing in antiques.