Watch Hill Lighthouse in Westerly, Rhode Island, will be conveyed under the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000 (NHLPA). The NHLPA provides for disposal of historic lighthouses to eligible entities, which includes non-profit corporations.
This light station is being made available at no cost to eligible entities defined as federal agencies, state and local agencies, non-profit corporations, educational agencies, or community development organizations, for education, park, recreation, cultural, or historic preservation purposes.
Letters of interest must be sent by July 6, 2021. They should include:
• Name of property
• Name of eligible entity
• Point of contact, title, address, phone and email
• Non-profit agencies must provide a copy of their state-certified articles of incorporation or evidence that an application has been filed.
Eligible entities that submit a letter of interest will be sent an application by the National Park Service and given an opportunity to inspect the light station. Building inspectors and/or contractors may accompany the applicant on the inspection. The application is due within 90 days from the date of the scheduled site inspection. The National Park Service will review applications and may select an eligible entity to receive the light station. The U.S. General Services Administration will deed the light station to the selected steward.
Letter of interest should be directed to:
Mr. Arthur T. Ullenberg
U.S. General Services Administration
Real Property Utilization & Disposal Division
Chicago Operations Branch
230 S. Dearborn Street, Room 3540 for U.S. Mail or Room 3329 for UPS/FedEx
Chicago, IL 60604
Telephone: (312) 353-6039 / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeremy D’Entremont is the author of more than 20 books and hundreds of articles on lighthouses and maritime history. He is the president and historian for the American Lighthouse Foundation and founder of Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouses, and he has lectured and narrated cruises throughout the Northeast and in other regions. He is also the producer and host of the U.S. Lighthouse Society podcast, “Light Hearted.” He can be emailed at Jeremy@uslhs.org