Pomham Rocks Lighthouse

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"Guiding the Way Along the Bay Since 1871” 

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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Great Getaway Raffle 2019

 Friends of Pomham Rocks Lighthouse is sponsoring a fundraising raffle for three exclusive Getaways. Prizes feature a magical package of five One-Day Park Hopper passes to Walt Disney World. Park Hopper passes allow guests to visit multiple theme parks on the same day. Parks include Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The total value of the One-Day Park Hopper admission passes is $845. Transportation and lodging are not included. This is an excellent prize for all ages, especially for families who are considering a trip to Disney World or those who spend some time in the Sunshine State. Passes expire in two years.

Enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience in our Light Keeper package at Borden Flats Lighthouse. View sunrise and sunset on the coasts of Fall River and Somerset, MA from a unique vantage point from the caisson-style lighthouse, located in the Taunton River, near the Braga Bridge. The lighthouse stay package features a special overnight stay at Borden Flats as well as transportation to and from the historic 1881 light station. Bring dinner and breakfast and make or heat it outside on the gas grill or in the fully equipped kitchenette on the first level; relax in the second-level living room or third-level entertainment area; rest peacefully in the fourth-level bedroom; and witness spectacular views from the top-level lantern room. Depending on the night selected, the Light Keeper package is valued at up to $395.

The final prize in the Great Getaway Raffle is a two-night Cape Cod Getaway at the family-friendly Bayside Resort. The Cape Cod package includes two nights in a deluxe queen room that accommodates two adults and two children. Continental breakfast and discount certificates toward dinner are part of the $350 package. Bayside Resort is located in West Yarmouth, MA, overlooking picturesque Lewis Bay. It features an indoor pool, fitness center and arcade and an outdoor firepit. Activities, entertainment, golfing and shopping are nearby. The Cape Cod Getaway can be used from October 14 to May 1 and the certificate expires in 2021.

The drawing will take place at 6 p.m. on August 10 at the Friends of Pomham Rocks Lighthouse tent at the Looff Arts Festival in Rose Larisa Park, Riverside. You do not need to be present to win. Great Getaway Raffle tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25. They will be sold at the Looff Arts Festival or can be obtained by sending a check, made payable to Friends of Pomham Rocks Lighthouse, c/o 81 Harris Street, Riverside, RI. 02915. Include your name, address and phone number on your check. Call 401-433-3463 with any questions. Proceeds from the raffle will be used to maintain historic Pomham Rocks Lighthouse.

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.  

     In 1980 the property was declared surplus and auctioned off 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, 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.

    After years of fundraising, this dream has become a reality. On June 10, 2018 an official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held at the lighthouse to mark the completion on the our restoration efforts. Learn more about the history of Pomham Rocks Lighthouse under the history tab.

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