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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.






ALF Receives $25,000 Grant From

The 1772 Foundation For

Newport Harbor Light


One of the most treasured historic icons of the City of Newport, Rhode Island, will soon be looking grand again. The nonprofit American Lighthouse Foundation, which cares for the 1842 granite Newport Harbor Lighthouse, announced this week that The 1772 Foundation has

Newport Harbor Lighthouse

Photo by Bob Trapani, Jr.   

Newport Harbor Lighthouse

Newport, Rhode Island


granted $25,000 toward the restoration of the venerable beacon.


The 29-foot granite lighthouse stands sentinel along the north end of Goat Island guarding the entrance to Newport’s storied harbor. The beacon’s fixed green light continues to shine forth today and helps guide mariners, yachtsmen and recreational boaters accessing the harbor from Narragansett Bay. Despite its stalwart appearance though, the rugged 165 year-old structure is in need of some tender love and care.


The American Lighthouse Foundation (ALF) and its newest chapter – the Friends of Newport Harbor Lighthouse, will be working with the well respected Abcore Restoration Company from Rhode Island in spring 2006 to begin restoring the light on Goat Island. Abcore Restoration


Interior view of Newport Harbor Light

Photo by Ann-Marie Trapani     

Restoration work will help correct the water leakage inside the

1842 granite structure

Company has previously completed the award winning restoration of Rhode Island’s offshore Plum Beach Light and is presently working on Phase One of the restoration of Pomham Rocks Lighthouse on the Providence River. The complete restoration of Newport Harbor Lighthouse is expected to cost approximately $120,000.


The 1772 Foundation, a charitable organization based in Elizabeth, New Jersey, is a strong supporter of lighthouse preservation and has assisted many other similar projects around the country. The $25,000 grant from The 1772 Foundation will enable ALF and its


chapter to focus on the most critical structural components of Newport Harbor Light that are in need of rehabilitation while the organization works to raise the remaining funds within the local Newport community and throughout the State of Rhode Island to complete the restoration of the historic site.


Mary Jo Valdes, chairperson for the Friends of Newport Harbor Lighthouse, talked about the importance of receiving The 1772 Foundation grant, saying, "I see the timely contribution of the 1772 Foundation to the Friends of the Newport Harbor Light as an affirmation of the importance of this project and anticipate the generous support of the residents of Aquidneck Island for the restoration of the beloved ‘Green Light.’”


ALF executive director Bob Trapani echoed the sentiments of Valdes, saying, “The Newport Harbor Lighthouse is one of the few remaining historic icons that pays tribute to the City of Newport’s proud maritime heritage and connection to the sea. We are extremely grateful to The 1772 Foundation for recognizing the incredible value of this lighthouse to the City of Newport and the State of Rhode Island by financially supporting our efforts to save and preserve this wonderful historic site for future generations.”


To learn more about the American Lighthouse Foundation’s efforts to preserve Newport Harbor Lighthouse, you may contact us via email at: or by phone at: (207) 646-0245.


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