Attractions January 23, 2017
The Lighthouse Road Trip On The Rhode Island Coast That’s Dreamily Beautiful
Few things stand as mysteriously and brilliantly as the many lighthouses lining the coast of Rhode Island. Exploring the grounds of these structures is an experience that buzzes with history and wonder. Lucky for us, the Ocean State has its fair share of old gorgeous lighthouses that are accessible by land. This Rhody road trip is a perfect way to visit them!
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1. Point Judith Lighthouse, Narragansett
This stunning lighthouse creates the perfect quintessential New England scene. It dates back to 1816 and was built to replace the original lighthouse that once stood here and was destroyed by the Great Gale of 1815. It stands at 1460 Ocean Road along the west side of the entrance to Narragansett Bay.
2. Beavertail Lighthouse, Jamestown
Few places in Rhode Island compare to the beauty found at Beavertail State Park in Jamestown. The lighthouse found in the park runs as a museum showcasing the structure's history. This gorgeous lighthouse dates back to 1856.
3. Lime Rock Lighthouse, Newport
While each of the lighthouses on this list have unique histories, this lighthouse might be the most fascinating. The lighthouse was home to Ida Lewis who was the keeper of the lighthouse from 1857 until her death in 1911. She took over her father's lighthouse duties when he became ill and became a local legend for saving 18 people in total who were stranded at sea over the years she tended to the property. The building is now home to the Ida Lewis Yacht Club.
4. Newport Harbor Light, Goat Island
This stunning old lighthouse was constructed in the early 1800s and is known locally as the Goat Island Lighthouse. It can be found on the northern part of Goat Island in Newport.
5. Castle Hill Lighthouse, Newport
Constructed in the late 1800s, the design of Castle Hill blends flawlessly with the stunning landscape. It can be found off Ocean Ave in Newport and is located directly across the bay from Beavertail State Park.
6. Sakonnet Point Lighthouse, Little Compton
This sparkplug style lighthouse is as beautiful as it is classic in appearance. This one is only viewable from across the water and can be seen from Sakonnet Point in the charming town of Little Compton.
7. Pomham Rocks Lighthouse, East Providence
Pomham Rocks Lighthouse sits brilliantly in the Providence River near the Riverside neighborhood of East Providence. It was built in 1871 and became automated in 1974.
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