Rhode Island August 09, 2018
Few People Know The Fascinating Story Behind This Rhode Island Lighthouse
Rhode Island is chock full of stunning lighthouses, we are the Ocean State after all, so what would you expect? Each beacon has its own unique story and look. Today we focus on the tale of the Southeast Lighthouse that once came close to tumbling into the Ocean and being washed away with the tide.
When the Southeast Lighthouse was constructed in 1875, it was built 300 feet from the edge of the Mohegan Bluffs on the southeast side of Block Island.
After 100 years, the lighthouse sat just 75 feet from the edge. Erosion continued on and by 1993, the light was just 55 feet away from falling into the ocean.
In August of 1993, the lighthouse, weighing 200 tons, was lifted off its foundation and moved backward relocating it to 300 feet from the edge of the bluffs. A large rock was placed to show the original location of the beacon.
This coastal gem is the only remaining Victorian Gothic style lighthouse in the U.S. The octagon tower rises 52 feet into the air.
The construction of the lighthouse was prompted by the sinking of the steamship Palmetto just offshore in 1858.
Climb the winding metal staircase to reach the top of the tower. Take in the expansive water views as you see the lamp that guides the ships offshore.
The 1000-watt electric lamp is surrounded by eight Fresnel lens panels. The beacon shines to a distance of 22 miles.
The Southeast Lighthouse has one of the strongest lights on the Eastern Coast of the U.S. From its perch on the Mohegan Bluffs, the lighthouse stands 200 feet above sea level.
If you work up an appetite climbing those tower stairs, visit the Southeast Light Delights food truck at the entrance to the property. We recommend the lobster roll or grilled cheese for a scrumptious snack.
Visitors are welcome at the lighthouse daily during the summer. Tower tours are $10 for adults and $5 for children and seniors and offer a unique opportunity to learn about the lighthouse and the shipwrecks in the area.
Visit the Southeast Lighthouse at 122 Mohegan Trl., Block Island, RI 02807.
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