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Sold, to Boston businessman Dave Waller: The Graves Island Light Station, a unique fixer-upper

Lynn and Dave Waller intend to open Graves Island to the public in some manner, possibly as an offshore inn.
Lynn and Dave Waller intend to open Graves Island to the public in some manner, possibly as an offshore inn.

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Boston businessman Dave Waller now owns Graves Island Light Station, a 110-year-old lighthouse at the mouth of Boston Harbor, thanks to his record-setting bid of $933,888.

For Waller, who collects historical artifacts the way others collect vintage cars, the lighthouse acquisition is both a extension of his passion for preservation and a restoration project unlike any he’s taken on before.

“I love the way antique objects tell stories with all this rich folklore,” said Waller when asked why he would buy a lighthouse with no plumbing, utilities, or easy way to get there, and not much to do once inside. The Graves Island station “is a great book waiting to be opened,” he added, although he plans to proceed slowly with future renovations.

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