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Riverside’s Pomham Rocks Lighthouse: Now Booking 2024 Tours!

Riverside’s Pomham Rocks Lighthouse: Now Booking 2024 Tours!

Take a tour of the historic 1871 Pomham Rocks Lighthouse located on a half acre island located on the Providence River about 800 feet from the shore in the Riverside section of East Providence Rhode Island. The last of five lighthouses situated on the Providence River, this lighthouse is still a working navigational light and has been beautifully restored both inside and out.

In 2021 the Lighthouse celebrated the 150th anniversary of its first lighting on December 1, 1871. Part of the celebration was the return of their fourth-order Fresnel lens from the Custom House Maritime Museum in Newburyport, MA. Step into the parlor where you will see this absolutely stunning artifact of lighthouse history. Throughout the lighthouse you will be able to view many authentic artifacts including brass items that were used during the United States Lighthouse Establishment, Service and Coast Guard periods.

To get to Pomham Rocks Lighthouse, you will take a 10-minute boat ride to the island from the Edgewood Yacht Club in Cranston and sail across the Bay to the lighthouse. Our tours will also give a nod to the other lighthouses that lit the way for mariners since the nineteenth century at the northern end of the Bay.

After a brief outdoor introduction to the lighthouse and its history, guests may enter the house where you will learn more about how a lighthouse operated and how the keepers and their families lived. Our knowledgeable docents will share stories and there are numerous storyboards throughout the lighthouse to help guide you through the history that also includes other local lighthouses and their keepers.

After touring the historic interior, there is an optional climb to the lantern room where you will enjoy beautiful views of Narragansett Bay and the working port of Providence. With luck you will experience one of the huge tankers going by, seemingly so close you could almost touch it!

During the last half hour of your tour, you are welcome to visit the Pomham Rocks Lighthouse gift shop (located in the former oil room). The gift shop accepts cash, checks, or credit cards. Tours take place on select dates June thru October. For complete details including tour dates, times and availability visit Follow the Pomham Rocks Lighthouse’ s Facebook page at




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