Looking for a unique adventure this summer? Friends of Pomham Rocks Lighthouse, a chapter of the American Lighthouse Foundation, is hosting scheduled tours to the historic island light station all summer long. This summer season will be the first opportunity for the public to visit the local landmark which has been fully restored inside and out.
You will travel to the lighthouse, off the coast of East Providence in upper Narragansett Bay, in the Lady Pomham II. This 26-foot launch sports a canopy to protect you from sun or an unexpected shower. Lady Pomham II provides the only access to the lighthouse. The island and dock are not open to visitors traveling on their own personal watercraft.
Built in 1871, the lantern room in the 42-foot tower at Pomham Rocks Lighthouse affords a panoramic view of the bay. Tour guests are welcome to explore the interior museum which hosts displays of equipment and items used in lighthouses during the past one hundred and fifty years. Storyboards recount the history of not only Pomham Rocks Lighthouse, but also the four others that once guided ships to the port of Providence. The centerpiece of the first-floor display is the antique fourth-order Fresnel lens that lit the lighthouse almost a century ago. Volunteer docents are available to answer your questions and assist you. The lighthouse gift shop offers apparel and mementos.
To find out more information or register for a tour, go to the lighthouse website at https://www.pomhamrockslighthouse.org or https://fareharbor.com/pomhamrockslighthouse/items/211427/. Fares range from children age 6 to 17 for $18 to adults for $40, with discounts for seniors, military/students and members of Friends of Pomham Rocks Lighthouse.
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