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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.






Governor Celebrates

Historic Relighting of

Pomham Rocks Lighthouse



East Providence, RI: Governor Donald Carcieri was joined by 175 people at the official relighting celebration of the Pomham Rocks Lighthouse on Sunday, July 30, 2006 at the Save the Bay campus in Providence. The event was held in conjunction with the Governor’s Bay Day activities. The 135 year-old lighthouse is located 800 feet off the coast of East Providence.


The Friends of Pomham Rocks Lighthouse, a chapter of the American Lighthouse Foundation, hosted the celebration and included state and local dignitaries, members of the organization, former residents of the lighthouse, friends and donors, and lighthouse organizations from the east coast.


Timothy Harrison, president of the American Lighthouse Foundation in

Rhode Island Governor Donald Carcieri

Photo by Ann-Marie Trapani       

Rhode Island Governor

Donald Carcieri addresses the audience during the Pomham Rocks relighting ceremony on

the importance of the Ocean

State's maritime heritage


Maine, served as master of ceremonies. The official program began with a U.S. Coast Guard Color Guard from Providence and a Boy Scouts Honor Guard from Troop 2 in Barrington and Troop 6 in Cranston. Donald Doucette, chairman of the organization, presented Governor Donald Carcieri with a framed, color photograph of the restored lighthouse and a lifetime membership in the Friends of Pomham Rocks Lighthouse.


U.S. Senator Lincoln Chaffee congratulated the group on their efforts in raising funds for the exterior restoration and Lt. Governor Charles Fogarty read a proclamation from his office. Chief Herman Hause, officer in charge of the U.S. Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team in Bristol, RI,


United States Senator Lincoln Chaffee

Photo by Ann-Marie Trapani     

United States Senator Lincoln Chaffee congratulates the

 Friends of Pomham Rocks Lighthouse for their efforts to forge this historic moment

expressed the sentiments of the U.S. Coast Guard to the organization for preserving the lighthouse, as it represents a piece of history in the community and is an active navigational aid in Narragansett Bay. Mr. Harrison read a proclamation from Congressman Patrick Kennedy who was unable to attend the event, and representatives from Senator Jack Reed’s officer were also present. Acting East Providence City Manager, Jeanne Boyle, was in attendance with City Councilwoman, Valerie Perry, Senator Michael Damiani, and Representatives Jack Savage, Helio Melo and Henry Rose.


Mayor Joseph Larisa read a proclamation from the City of East Providence to the Friends of Pomham Rocks Lighthouse. He also announced


that the East Providence City Council recently voted unanimously to request the transfer of a $100,000 Department of Transportation grant to be used for Phase II of the interior restoration work on Pomham Rocks Lighthouse. The request needs to be approved by the Department of Transportation.


Dennis Houston, executive vice president of ExxonMobil Refining and Supply Company, congratulated the Friends of Pomham Rocks on their efforts of restoring the lighthouse’s exterior to its original glory of 1871.

He then announced that ExxonMobil would be contributing $75,000 to pay off the remaining debt from the $320,000 Phase I project. The lighthouse is owned by ExxonMobil and is being leased to the Friends of Pomham Rocks (via the chapter relationship with the American Lighthouse Foundation) for twenty-five years at no charge. ExxonMobil has previously contributed $50,000

Pomham Rocks Relighting Celebration

Photo by Bob Trapani, Jr.    

An overview of the gathering for the ceremonies associated with the

 relighting of Pomham Rocks Light


towards the restoration during Phase I.


After the presentations were made, Governor Carcieri led the countdown to the official relighting of the steady (fixed) red light in the tower. He lit the red light on a 4’ x 5’ replica of the lighthouse at the event and everyone watched as the red light came on in the lighthouse across the bay. As the red light glowed, the bottom of the lighthouse structure was illuminated in white light for a dramatic ending to a memorable celebration. Spectators were also lined up along the East Bay Bike Path in East Providence and in boats on the Narragansett Bay. As the lights came on, boaters honked their horns and cameras flashes could be seen across the water as the historic event concluded.


The goal of the Friends of Pomham Rocks Lighthouse is to fully restore the Pomham Rocks Lighthouse and the property. It will occasionally be open to


ALF President Tim Harrison & FPRL Chairman Don Doucette

Photo by Ann-Marie Trapani      

(L to R) ALF president Timothy Harrison

reads a proclamation from Congressman

Patrick Kennedy's office as FPRL

chairman Don Doucette looks on

the public for tours and educational purposes. There is no easy access to the lighthouse as it sits on a rock, 800 feet off the coast of East Providence. It is visible via the East Bay Bike Path, Sabin Point Park, locations along the waterfront in Providence and Cranston and from boats on the water.


The Friends of Pomham Rocks Lighthouse are


also looking for more information regarding the lightkeepers and their families that served at the lighthouse since the time it was built in 1871. They have recently discovered the gravesites of a few of the lightkeepers on Cape Cod and East Providence.


Governor Carcieri, Don Doucette & Mayor Larisa

Photo by Ann-Marie Trapani                             

(L to R) RI Governor Donald Carcieri,

FPRL chairman Donald Doucette and

 Mayor Joseph Larisa of the

 City of East Providence



    More Photos from the event...



Posted: 8/28/06


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