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 American Lighthouse Foundation, Inc.

P.O. Box 565

Rockland, Maine 04841

Phone: 207-594-4174


The American Lighthouse  Foundation is a  Non-Profit 501(c)(3) Organization dedicated  to the preservation of America's historic lighthouses.






Update from the Dutch Island Lighthouse Society (DILS)…



We have exciting news and excellent progress to report!


Rhode Island Department of Transportation has approved our grant for the restoration of the Dutch Island Lighthouse, and we have the green light to proceed into construction. The DILS building Committee has successfully navigated the arduous contractor procurement process

Dutch Island Lighthouse

Photo by Ron Foster    

Dutch Island Lighthouse

 Rhode Island


outlined by the federal and state funding sources. After a formal bid process, including site visit and design addendum, we received bids from four qualified contractors.


Based on the Building Committee’s recommendation, the DILS Board awarded the construction contract to Abcore Restoration Company, Inc. Abcore, a veteran of both Plum Beach and Rose Island lighthouses, is a local firm with extensive experience and a solid track record with Newport Collaborative Architects and the state. We expect Abcore to be on site and under construction midsummer, with completion of the restoration possible by early fall.


Starting the construction means that we have to extend out focus to the next crucial phases of the project: fully funding the restoration, and the


Dutch Island Lighthouse

Photo by Ron Foster     

Dutch Island Lighthouse

long-term maintenance of the lighthouse. The federal/state-sponsored grant covers about 75% of the anticipated $160,000 (base) restoration cost, as we anticipated. Now, DILS must fund the balance (currently available from the past kind and generous donations of DILS members & friends) – and create an endowment for the permanent maintenance of the lighthouse. The DILS Board researched comparable lighthouse restoration efforts and established a target for the Endowment Fund of $200,000.


We have also investigated solar-power lighting for the lantern housing, to make the lighthouse


a fully functioning private aid to navigation. This feature has an additional cost of about $5,000. What a great opportunity for a caring donor to make a lasting gift!


Your generous support and patience has made this progress possible and has brought us all to this important milestone, for which we are most grateful. Your continued support to help us continue to move forward will be greatly appreciated.


Most Sincerely,


Scott Chapin, Chairman

Peter Randall, MD, Vice-Chairman

Wheaton Vaughan, Treasurer

Al Potter, Chairman, Building Committee


To make a donation to help with the restoration of Dutch Island Lighthouse, please make your check payable to: “Dutch Island Lighthouse Society” and mail to…


Dutch Island Lighthouse Society

P.O. Box 435

Saunderstown, RI 02874

Posted: 8/2/2007


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