We are the 2016 Keepers

At Lake Titicaca

We are Patty Sullivan & Mitchell Thorp and this is a little about who we are…

Our son Matthew graduated from high school in 2011 and in our hometown in New Jersey. When he decided to attend college at the University of North Carolina, Asheville, we made the decision to move to NC as well. We settled in the beautiful Western North Carolina town of Brevard in Transylvania County, the “Land of Waterfalls”.  At the time, we owned Dominion Software Consulting and had the flexibility to work from anywhere making the move easy.  A year later, the opportunity to sell our business presented itself and we jumped at it chance.  For the next year, we worked for the buyer of and then happily got up from our desks and out from behind our computers and set a new course in life.

For the next two years or so, we traveled across the US in our pickup truck camper visiting National Parks, friends, and family. Along the way, we took jobs caretaking on San Juan Island, Washington, Barra de Potosi, Guerrero, Mexico (just south of Zihautanejo), and Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, Mexico (off the coast of Cancun). We also took a three-month side trip to live with distant family in Peru, take intensive Spanish classes, and explored their county by bus.

Returning to Brevard, good fortune fell in our lap when friends were planning to open a new guesthouse (we referred to it as a B&C – bed & coffee) but were having trouble with a plan to make it happen.  With our background in caretaking and business, we asked for the opportunity to be the caretakers and got The Brevard House up and running. We spent just over a year there before deciding it was time to move on. Wintertime, just like here in Maine, is a slow time for tourism and was the ideal time for us to make the change.

In addition to caretaking we do light construction and odd job work. We most recently worked on a job building custom cabinets and built-ins along with lots of painting in a multi-home renovation project.  We are really excited to have been selected as the Seguin Island Light Station caretakers for the 2016 summer season are excited to finally be on the island. We look forward to keeping everyone informed about happenings on the island and hope to use our experience as our Keepers for the season.

~Mitchell