East Brother Light Station

East Brother Light Station Bed & Breakfast

East Brother Light Station


East Brother Light Station was built in 1873 as an aid to mariners in the San Pablo/San Francisco Bays.

After many years as an automated station, and under the threat of destruction and replacement with a light on a pole in the middle of the island, the facility was taken over by a non-profit 501(c)3 California Corporation under license from the US Coast Guard.

Help Build Our Future


Whatever your skills or energy level, there’s a place for you! We especially need volunteers skilled in diesel mechanics, construction, electrical wiring, and plumbing. We also welcome the donation of parts and equipment. For more information, email us at volunteer@ebls.org.


Saving East Brother Light Station and making it accessible to the public to enjoy has been a labor of love.

We raise money to preserve, maintain, and keep our inn running. Donate today.  

This book was commissioned by the Board of Directors of East Brother Light Station, Inc., as a tribute to all who worked to make the project possible. But particularly, I would like to recognize the contributions of a few very special people: Lucretia Edwards and the women of the Contra Costa Shoreline Parks Committee who initially saved East Brother from destruction by successfully nominating it to the National Register of Historic Places; Commander Joseph Blackett and Wayne Wheeler of the Coast Guard who encouraged us and trusted us with government property; The Monday Morning Gang who continue to maintain and improve the island's facilities; and finally to Walter Fanning, engineer, carpenter, innkeeper, machinist, and skipper, who can do almost anything better than anyone I have ever known. His talents and dedication continue to be an inspiration to us all.
Looking for a unique gift?

East Brother: History of an Island Light Station
is available for purchase in our gift shop (or on Amazon) along
with gift certificates and other unique items.

Order your Gift Certificate online!

Did you know…

The keepers of old were nicknamed “Wickies” because of all of the time they spent trimming the wicks of the oil lamp so to keep the light burning strong and bright. While the old oil lamps are now history, the work of the lighthouse remains constant.

Our volunteers are now our most important “Wickies,” and we rely on them to keep our Inn accessible.