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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SATURDAY, APRIL 17, 2010

 

ExxonMobil Donates Rhode Island's Pomham Rocks Lighthouse

 

Gift to American Lighthouse Foundation Ensures Preservation of

Historic Structure

Culmination of unique partnership between ExxonMobil and the

   community

Lighthouse listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places

 

 
 

East Providence, RI – ExxonMobil has donated the historic Pomham Rocks Lighthouse to the American Lighthouse Foundation and its local chapter, the Friends of Pomham Rocks Lighthouse.  The donation will allow the nonprofit organization to continue restoring and preserving this historic structure.  

 

Built in 1871, the

Pomham Rocks Lighthouse

Photo by Bob Trapani, Jr.    

Pomham Rocks Lighthouse

 
 

lighthouse is listed on the United States National Register of Historic Places and is one of the oldest lighthouses in Narragansett Bay.

 

“The Pomham Rocks Lighthouse is an important part of Narragansett Bay’s heritage,” said Dennis Houston, executive vice president of ExxonMobil Refining & Supply.  “In an era when lighthouses are disappearing from the national landscape, this donation will help ensure Pomham Rocks is preserved for future generations as a symbol of commerce and maritime safety.  Pomham Rocks will stand as a majestic and bright light that reinforces the importance of commerce and maritime excellence to Rhode Island, New England and the United States of America.” 

 

ExxonMobil purchased the lighthouse and surrounding property from the U.S. government in 1981.  The lighthouse was recently appraised at $680,000.

 

In 2004, the American Lighthouse Foundation, the Friends of Pomham Rocks Lighthouse and ExxonMobil formed a unique community partnership to preserve this historic treasure.  Through the partnership, the exterior of the lighthouse was restored in 2005.  A red navigational beacon was reestablished inside the historic tower, returning it to its time-honored role along Narragansett Bay. 

 

The restoration was paid for through a combination of private fundraising and a donation from ExxonMobil.  

 

“We applaud ExxonMobil’s generosity in donating the lighthouse to us and its willingness to partner with us over the years to keep it a part of the Narragansett Bay landscape,” said Bob Trapani, Executive Director, American Lighthouse Foundation.  “We now look forward to beginning preparations for the restoration of the interior of the structure and continuing to ‘keep a good light’ for all who admire this Ocean State historic treasure.” 

 

 

Posted: 4/17/2010

 

 
 

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