The Maxwell-Tarr house was built circa 1850 and was owned by ship captain John Maxwell. It was one of the last active working farms on Swan Island and is an example of why historic preservation is critical to our mission; the house was demolished many years ago as it had fallen in a became a safety concern. Our mission is to preserve the five remaining dwellings on Swan Island.
On May 27th, 2022, without warning, the U. S. Coast Guard ordered cessation of the only public transportation to Swan Island. The Coast Guard had reversed its perception of the vessel's use even after operating under the same conditions for more than 60 years. Public transportation is critical to Swan Island's future and we are exploring every option to restore it in a reasonable manner.
The Richmond Historical & Cultural Society is the definitive resource for Richmond and Swan Island's history. By sharing these resources, we will provide education, awareness and understanding of the generations of people living and working on Swan Island.
Through building connections with all parties involved with the caretaking and preservation of Swan Island, we will connect and broaden partnerships with the public. This will strengthen and expand the public use and provide ongoing opportunities to utilize and enjoy Swan Island for future generations.
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