Pomham Rocks Lighthouse

Riverside, RI


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Since the completion of interior restoration in 2018, Pomham Rocks Lighthouse has served as a museum. Story boards throughout the house depict the history of Pomham Rocks and the four other lighthouses that once safeguarded East Providence. The showpiece of the museum is Pomham’s original Fresnel lens, which lit the way for ships heading to the Port of Providence. In addition, glass display cases on both floors feature historical artifacts used in lighthouses. Visitors can view these on lighthouse tours, scheduled from June to September

When the U.S. Coast Guard decommissioned Pomham Rocks Lighthouse and others in 1974, brass items used were no longer needed. Many lighthouses throughout the country disposed of them. As a result, historical lighthouse artifacts are rare and expensive. A raffle to benefit the museum will help expand the collection. Prizes include:

Prize number 1 – The Lighthouse Inn – Situated on Nantucket Sound in West Dennis, MA, Lighthouse Inn provides seclusion and relaxation with the convenience of a location central to points of interest. The nine oceanfront acres offer a private sandy beach and heated swimming pool. Your getaway consists of accommodations for two nights for two people. Breakfast is included daily at the Waterfront Restaurant at the Inn. The gift certificate is valid September 1 to October 14, 2024. The value of the package is $800.

Prize number 2 – Bayside Resort – Enjoy a Cape Cod getaway at the family-friendly Bayside Resort in West Yarmouth, MA. The package includes an off-season overnight stay in a deluxe queen room that accommodates two adults and two children. A full breakfast and discount certificate toward dinner are part of the package, valued at $175. The resort features an indoor pool, fitness center, arcade and an outdoor firepit. The Bayside Getaway can be used from September 15 to May 15, Sunday through Friday, and the certificate expires at the end of 2025.

Prize number 3 – The Cove at Yarmouth – Enjoy an off-season overnight stay at The Cove at Yarmouth in West Yarmouth, MA. Located near beaches and golf courses, accommodations feature indoor and outdoor pools, scheduled activities, a recreation center, spa and fire pits. The certificate expires December 30, 2025 and is valued at $149.

Prize number 4 – Essex Steam Train & Riverboat – Win tickets for 4 people to experience a weekday narrated journey on vintage rail cars through the countryside, then board a riverboat for a cruise along the Connecticut River. In all, it’s a two-and-a-half-hour excursion, valued at $180.

Prize number 5 – Elite Dining Package – Savor flavors from near and far with gift cards to local restaurants. Sample delights from the sea or traditional fare in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. 

Value: $100

The drawing will take place at 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 10 at the Friends of Pomham Rocks Lighthouse tent at the Looff Arts Festival at Rose Larisa Park, 701 Bullocks Point Avenue, Riverside. You do not need to be present to win. The owner of the first ticket picked will choose their prize. Then the owner of the second winning ticket will choose from the remaining prizes, and so on. Great Getaway Raffle tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25. They will be sold at the Looff Arts Festival or can be obtained in advance 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 401-742-2751 with any questions. 


What’s going on at the lighthouse?

Phase Two of our fence replacement project has kicked off. Volunteers have begun work replacing the fence at the front of the lighthouse (west side of the island). Phase One was completed in Fall 2023 and replaced the fence along the southern side of the island. Phase Two is set to be completed by Fall 2024.

Pomham Rocks Lighthouse c.1900