July 22, 2024

Lighthouse Sponsors Acknowledged

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Friends of Pomham Rocks Lighthouse thanks East Providence businesses and organizations that participated in its recent Business and Community Sponsorship Drive. The focus of this year’s drive is the replacement of the dock. Used for more than eight decades, it was damaged in recent years by extreme weather conditions. The volunteer group reached out to local businesses and organizations to help raise funds to replace the dock, the lifeline of the island lighthouse. This important New England maritime light station and museum is an integral part of Rhode Island’s heritage and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Built in 1871 to provide boat access to the newly constructed lighthouse, the original wooden dock was severely damaged in the 1938 hurricane. It was replaced in 1939, and served Pomham well for more than 84 years, until the storm surge in the winter of 2022 and more times since, completely submerged it. The dock restoration project will ensure continued access to the island light station. The dock will be rebuilt with historical accuracy and will include a replica boat house, for storage of boat equipment.

Friends of Pomham Rocks Lighthouse acknowledges the support of businesses and groups that have joined in funding this important project. The Annual Pomham Rocks Lighthouse Business and Community Sponsorship Drive donors include Bell Sponsors BankRI, Coca-Cola Beverages Northeast, Crosby Yacht Yard, East Providence/Seekonk Rotary Club, Feeney Pinkerton LLC and Navigant Credit Union. Key Sponsors are Andsager, Bartlett & Pieroni, LLP and Perry-McStay Funeral Home. Partners include Fred’s Service Station and Canonicus Lodge #9. Joining as Boosters are Friends of Katherine Kazarian, Gilmore’s Flower Shop, Liberty Tax and Roger Williams-Rumford Grange #52.

Friends of Pomham Rocks Lighthouse is a chapter of the American Lighthouse Foundation.

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