Help Rose Island Lighthouse

compliments of John Holder

JELD-WEN is demonstrating the reliability of their windows and doors – even in the most extreme conditions – by helping restore some of the nation’s most reliable landmarks wit

h the JELD-WEN® Reliable Lighthouse Restoration Initiative. The results were dramatic for their first three projects, the Umpqua River Lighthouse in Oregon, the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse in Maryland, and the Wind Point Lighthouse in Wisconsin. Now JELD-WEN is searching for the next reliable lighthouse in need of new windows and doors. Our local Rose Island Lighthouse in Newport, RI made it into the final 12!

A mile offshore, beyond the reach of Newport’s utility lines and services, the Rose Island Lighthouse stands as an independent, energy-efficient building that was home to keepers and their families for over a hundred years.

After the Newport Bridge was built, the Light Station was abandoned. For the next 14 years it fell victim to scavengers, vandals and the weather. In 1984 volunteers of the Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation (RILF) cleaned out and restored it to its 1912 appearance, installing environmentally sensitive, new (but not necessarily modern) utilities for electricity, water, sewer, and heat.

On August 7, 1993, after the funds were raised to pay all the restoration bills, the beacon was joyously relit. Rose Island Lighthouse is once again listed on today’s charts as a private aid to navigation. It is one of only a few operating lighthouses maintained by working vacationers who sign on for a week at a time as part of its environmental education program. The Lighthouse is also listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Visitors of all ages can learn about the Lighthouse’s history and can experience, first-hand, the keeper’s self-sufficient, resourceful way of life – learning that lasts a lifetime.

To vote for the lighthouse that you think most deserves to win new JELD-WEN windows and doors, visit http://www.jeld-wen.com/lighthouse/index_vote.cfm