East Brother island lies in the passage between San Francisco Bay and the San Pablo Bay, just north of Point San Pablo. Less than an acre in size, East Brother is rich in history. Per U.S. Federal order, a lighthouse was opened on the island in 1874, which was manned for many decades by keepers living on the island. The light was automated in 1969, and the former keeper’s house began operating as a bed and breakfast in 1980, offering guests an elegant getaway. Day visitors may explore the island as well, providing their own transportation and paying a small fee.
Upkeep of the facilities is provided by volunteer labor and funded in large part by contributions to the station. In the late 2000’s, local health codes required that the kitchen be brought up to commercial kitchen standards. To help keep the Lighthouse functioning as a Bed and Breakfast, the Farallon Islands Foundation made a grant to facilitate this remodeling.
- Year of award: 2010
- Amount: $2,000
- Grantee: East Brother Light Station