Falmouth Group to Ask Taxpayers for Nobska Light Project Money

FALMOUTH – Town meeting members in Falmouth will be asked to pay for part of the first phase of an effort to restore parts of Nobska Lighthouse.

The Friends of Nobska Light group, which was granted stewardship of the lighthouse last year, has raised some of the $331,075 needed for the work, but will ask town meeting for under $265,000 in Community Preservation funding.

The refurbishments to the 1876 attraction will include a restoration of the house building’s concrete base, masonry work, the removal of rust and old paint layers, and restorations to the metal roof.

The group’s executive director Catherine Bumpus said that the house portion of the structure is in worse shape than the actual lighthouse.

She said the reason is because the building was always well-kept; but without continued maintenance, it could be in trouble.

“The house needs a lot of work,” she said. “It’s time now to address issues before they get too bad.”

Should town meeting voters approve the money transfer, work will begin immediately, Bumpus said.

But she said she believes the proposition will be thoroughly supported.

The 40-foot lighthouse is made primarily of cast iron and interior brickwork.

The group plans on repurposing the house portion into a Maritime Museum, open to the public without an entrance fee.

“People will be able to come and learn about why the lighthouse is there and more about the maritime history of the area,” Bumpus said.

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