The oil house is a unique feature of Wood Island Lighthouse. The oil house was built to store the flammable liquids used to light generations of burning lights that were used in the lantern room. Most of the oil houses built at Maine’s lighthouses were built out of bricks, which makes our attractive stone lighthouse with a slate roof quite unique and picturesque in its location of overlooking Saco Bay.
Years of no maintenance and occupation by seagulls left the interior of the oil house in poor shape. In the early summer of 2013, FOWIL volunteers cleaned out the oil house, repaired the broken door frame and door, and repainted the trim. The oil house was made secure again to keep animals out, and now is used to store maintenance supplies that were previously stored in the lighthouse connector. After the new floor was installed in the lighthouse connector in the Fall of 2013, we needed to move these items to a new location so as to not damage the new floor. In the Fall of 2015 and the Spring of 2016, the slate roof was restored after years of wear and damage.