Pomham Rocks Lighthouse

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"Guiding the Way Along the Bay Since 1871”  

      After 14 years of loving, historic restoration, members of Friends of Pomham Rocks Lighthouse are ready to celebrate the completion of that long-awaited goal with a real bang. And the public is invited to join in.
      On June 10th, a fun-filled day is planned at the Squantum Association in East Providence. Dignitaries will conduct a ribbon cutting ceremony on the island and take a tour of the restored lighthouse and grounds, and its newly refurbished seven-room interior.
      Arriving at noon, guests will be able to view the ribbon cutting via live streaming at the Squantum Association. The afternoon’s activities include a buffet lunch, a silent auction, a raffle and boat trips to the island. A special raffle will also be available to win one of three unique cruises - Pomham Rocks by Moonlight, by Sunset, and by Day. The speaking program will feature state and local dignitaries and individuals who were instrumental in the restoration.
      Following the speaking program, the Kentish Guards will fire a Civil War cannon to mark the start of boat trips to the Lighthouse. Save the Bay tour boats will shuttle guests back and forth all afternoon. Also, throughout the afternoon, activities at Squantum will include raffles, a silent auction, lighthouse displays and merchandise, refreshments, and an opportunity to socialize amid beautiful views of the Providence River.
      Of special interest will be two interactive speaker stations. Keith Lescarbeau and his nephew Everett Lescarbeau of Abcore Restoration will host one station to discuss how this amazing historic restoration was carried out and will show samples of restored objects. Dennis Tardiff, the last Coast Guardsman to live at Pomham Rocks Lighthouse and a current member of the Board, will host the other station and will talk about his life in the lighthouse and answer questions.
      The public is invited to join in the celebration. The cost of the event is $40 per person, which includes the boat trip to the lighthouse. Both tickets to the event and seating on the boat tours are limited. Call Lisa at 401-433-1373 for reservations. Reservations are required. Deadline for reservations is May 13. 

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Friends of Pomham Rocks Lighthouse

      The Providence River was once home to five lighthouses, Sassafrass Point Lighthouse, Fuller Rock Lighthouse, Pomham Rocks Lighthouse, Sabin Point Lighthouse, and Bullocks Point Lighthouse, today only Pomham remains.

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       Pomham Rocks Lighthouse sits on a small island just off the coast of East Providence Rhode Island. It began service December 1, 1871 with a sixth order Fresnel lens showing a fixed white light. A mere ten months later on October 1, 1872 this characteristic was changed to fixed red. A fog siren, installed in 1900, was referred to by a local newspaper as "the greatest nuisance in the state" before it was replaced by a fog bell three years later.  The light remained operational until it was decommissioned in 1974 when the US Coast Guard replaced it with one on a newly erected skeleton tower. 

      Pomham Rocks was a good assignment and had just five light keepers prior to its shift from the US Lighthouse Service to the Coast Guard.  Coast Guard crewman then handled the duties of keeper until the light was decommissioned.  

      From 1974 through 1986 members of a local family became caretakers of the building and island. During this time the property was declared surplus and auctioned off in 1980 to its nearby neighbor, the Exxon Corporation, which has a terminal just north of the island. It remained dark and vacant from 1986 until 2006 when, thanks to a group of dedicated, local volunteers called Friends of Pomham Rocks Lighthouse,the site was recommissioned with a beacon returned to the lighthouse and the skeleton tower removed.  A partnership between the Friends of Pomahm Rocks Light (FPRL), its parent organization, American Lighthouse Foundation, and the now named ExxonMobil resulted in a historically accurate restoration of the exterior.  In 2010 ExxonMobil donated the lighthouse and island to the American Lighthouse Foundation (ALF).

    Currently the Pomham Rocks Lighthouse is undergoing interior restoration. After years of fundraising, this dream is becoming a reality. The lighthouse is expected to be fully restored within the coming weeks. Upon its completion it will conatin a museum.

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