Forum Planned On Future Of Nobska Light

Nobska Lighthouse Friday afternoon as the storm clears out.
JEFFREY URQUHART/ENTERPRISE - Nobska Lighthouse Friday afternoon as the storm clears out.

The Woods Hole Community Association will hold a forum on the future of Nobska Lighthouse on Saturday, March 1, at 11 AM in the Woods Hole Community Hall.

Nobska Lighthouse’s current owner, the United States Coast Guard, no longer wishes to own the property, which includes the lighthouse tower and a detached dwelling in need of repair.

The Coast Guard took initial steps toward divestiture of the property this past September.

“I don’t see Falmouth passing up this opportunity and letting it fall into private hands,” said Woods Hole Community Association co-president Catherine O. Bumpus.


The Coast Guard is required to offer the lighthouse free of charge to government agencies, nonprofits, or local community groups before soliciting a private buyer.

“It doesn’t seem like the Coast Guard is moving fast on this,” Ms. Bumpus said. There should be “plenty of time” for local groups to consider taking on the property, she said.

Ms. Bumpus has invited more than a dozen local groups to the forum, including the Falmouth Historical Society, The 300 Committee, Historic Highfield, and the Woods Hole Foundation.

The forum agenda includes a discussion of the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act’s timetable and application process, how that process has played out in other communities, and what the best use of the Nobska property would be.

“This is an opportunity for organizations to get together and think about what we want to do with Nobska,” Ms. Bumpus said. The public is also invited to attend.

Ms. Bumpus said the Woods Hole Community Association has discussed acquiring the property “a little bit” but that “we haven’t given it the in-depth thought this type of responsibility would require.”

Nobska Lighthouse sits at the top of Nobska Point in Woods Hole with a panoramic view of Vineyard Sound, Martha’s Vineyard and the Elizabeth Islands.

Denise B. Almeida with Vincent Associates, a Falmouth real estate company, said she did not want to guess how much to property would be worth on the private market. “Multiple millions” for sure, she said.

“It’s such a unique commodity, who knows how much that would be worth,” Ms. Almeida said. “The sky’s the limit for that kind of a setting.”


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  • Sheryl K. Long

    I'm not sure what the 300 committee could possibly do but tear down the buildings as most of their money's are state match which require only open space and perfectly good buildings historic or not would be torn down... Though as it is a high profile destination spot... Historic Highfield could acquire as a very lucrative money making venture! Raising funds for maintaining both buildings and it's administration! The town acquiring is such a bad idea... Government is not the place for prosperity or preservation....