Faulkner's Light Brigade: Mission Statement
The Faulkner's Light Brigade (FLB) was formed as a commission of the Guilford Preservation Alliance in 1991. Its fundamental mission was to investigate the ways and means of saving the historic Faulkner's Island Lighthouse and the island itself from threatening erosion in the east embankment.
The FLB views its ongoing mission to collaborate with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the Town of Guilford to maintain the historic lighthouse (built 1802) and to address increased public access to the island.
The Brigade's achievements including the following:
- 1996 completion of a stairway fabricated from pau lope wood on the west embankment of the island with funds raised through the Women's Seaman's Friend Society of Connecticut and the Norcross Wildlife Foundation.
- 1999 completion of the lighthouse restoration in partnership with the Town of Guilford.
- 2001 completion of a unique erosion control project in the east embankment, using trap rock in a stone revetment that is twenty feet up the inclined slope.
The Mission of the Faulkner's Light Brigade is an ongoing one. Better public access is on the agenda. The popular Spring Lecture Series and the Annual Open House on the island in late summer are two of the Brigade's special events.