About Friends of Nobska Light

Friends of Nobska Light is a non-profit, 501 (c)(3) incorporated in 2015. 

At the end of February, 2014, the U. S. Coast Guard announced that it was deaccessioning Nobska Light Station because it needed significant repairs. They would continue to maintain the light itself and the foghorn. Municipalities and non-profits could have the lighthouse for free if they would restore it and open it to the public for free, but if not, then it would go to the highest private bidder.

Very quickly, The Woods Hole Community Association called a meeting to tell people about the deaccessioning process and measure community interest in saving the lighthouse property for the public. Among the people attending the crowded meeting were members of four nonprofits in Falmouth dedicated to historic preservation:

  • Falmouth Historical Society
  • Woods Hole Historical Museum
  • Highfield House and Gardens
  • The Woods Hole Community Association

Soon afterwards, representatives of these nonprofits met and agreed to seek the approval of their boards to prepare an application to submit to the Coast Guard to receive the license to restore the lighthouse as a museum. Their boards agreed and subsequently the Town of Falmouth Selectmen voted to approve their plan, which called for the Town to be the licensee and for a new organization, Friends of Nobska Light, to sublet the property from the town. The Friends would have the responsibility for raising the money to restore to buildings, develop the grounds, maintain the whole property, and create a vibrant museum open to the public for free from April to October of every year.

The application was approved by the Falmouth Selectmen at the end of November, 2014, and the the Friends of Nobska Light incorporated and formed a board in anticipation of the outcome. The Coast Guard notified the Town of its acceptance of the application in March, 2015.

The founding friends of the Friends of Nobska Light are the representatives of the four nonprofits dedicated to historical preservation in the Town of Falmouth, the five Selectmen in office in 2014 and the other individuals who comprised the planning committee. 

Read here the Boston Globe's article at the time of the Coast Guard's announcement on February 25, 2014, "New caretaker sought for iconic Cape lighthouse."

Click here to read the narrative application that was accepted by the Coast Guard in 2015 and contains our plans for the future of Nobska Light.

Who we are:

Board Members

Patrick Burke

Sally Colacicco

David Forsberg

Robert Grosch

Charlotte Harris

Mary Harris

Stephen Levy

Barbara Meissner

Brian Nickerson

Jonathan Polloni

Philip Richardson

Karen Rinaldo

Susan Shephard

Jeffrey Thomas

Kathy Walrath

Advisory Board

Carissa April

Thomas Bushy

Edna Collom

Peter Collom

Elizabeth (Beth) Colt

Weatherly Dorris

John Dowling

Kevin Doyle

Marianne Fricke

Carter Hunt

Stephan Junker

Arlene Lowenstein

Rocco Maffei

Charles McCaffrey

Samuel Patterson

Margaret Sulanowska

Eric Turkington

Thomas Walrath

Richard Worob

Capital Campaign  Committee

David Forsberg

Carissa April

Ann Forsberg

Jeannine Jeffrey

Kate Maguire

Thomas Walrath

Eric Wisch

Executive Director


Catherine Bumpus

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Friends of Nobska Light is a Falmouth-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Make a donation here on the website or by mail.

Friends of Nobska Light • PO Box 183 • Falmouth, MA 02541

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