Fairfield Beach Residents Association.
Penfield Lighthouse began serving mariners on January 16, 1874, when a machine-operated fog bell and a fourth-order Fresnel Lens exhibiting a flashing red light at a height of fifty-four feet were placed in operation.
In 2012, Hurricane Sandy did a substantial amount of damage to Penfield Lighthouse with 30 foot waves and a 13 foot storm surge which pushed in the door panels and windows, ripped the built-in roof gutter, bent the metal railings, tore off shingles and damaged the solar panels. At the Fairfield Selectman’s Meeting in April 2014, a United States Coast Guard Officer presented an outline of proposed repairs.
A few weeks ago I contacted the USCG office in Providence R.I. and was informed that as soon as weather permits in 2015 repairs will begin and include repointing the exterior granite, erecting a new railing and access ladder, repairing the roof and Lantern Room and cleaning the interior.
This picture was published in 1874:
UPDATE JULY 2015: Work is underway!