2021 Museum Exhibit

Our museum exhibit this summer “Island Stories: Browns Tower and More” is now finished.  However, the photographs from the exhibit are kept in a large binder along with many other binders from past exhibits and may be looked at with prior arrangement.  Contact us at longislandhistory@hotmail.com to make arrangements to visit.

Brown’s Tower was built by the US Army Coastal Artillery at the beginning of World War II.  It was on the site of a World War I Coastal Artillery searchlight facility, and had an unobstructed view out to the Atlantic Ocean from the top.  The Tower was a “fire control tower” designed to detect and locate enemy vessels offshore and calculate the distances to the enemy vessels. The coordinates were then sent to gun batteries for use in firing at the enemy ships and submarines.  It was one of several thousand towers around the US, and 9 towers in Casco Bay.  In the early 1970s the Brown family purchased the property, and spent the next 50+ years fixing it up.  For the first decade they were summer residents, living in the 8′ x 12′ small generator house but spending most of their time outdoors.  Eventually a home was built and the family now lives there year-round.  Below are just  a few of the many photographs of the Tower and the Brown family. Click on the photos to enlarge them.