Beavertail Lighthouse and Park, Jamestown

Lighthouse · State Park
Beavertail Lighthouse, built in 1856, was and still is the premier lighthouse in Rhode Island, United States, marking the entrance to Narragansett Bay. The 64ft lighthouse lies on the southernmost point of Conanicut Island in the town of Jamestown, Rhode Island in Beavertail State Park, on a site where beacons have stood since the early 18th century. The Whistle House and Garage were destroyed by the New England Hurricane of 1938. The light provides navigation for boats and ships entering Narragansett Bay in the East Passage between Conanicut Island and Newport, Rhode Island on Aquidneck Island. Other lighthouses, such as Castle Hill Lighthouse, Point Judith Light, and Rose Island Light are visible from Beavertail Lighthouse.
Its white light rotates counterclockwise and makes a full rotation in about six or seven seconds. The light is on 24 hours per day with a rotation every 6 seconds, unlike many lighthouses that are near it. It has a loud foghorn that blasts about every 30 seconds during the fog.
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  • Beavertail State Park encompasses 153 acres at the southern end of Conanicut Island in Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island. From the air, the island resembles a beaver's tail, hence the name. At this...  more »
  • A must to-do while in the Providence/Warwick/Newport area! About a 20 minute drive from the main highway (138) and there isn’t much to see along the way. Nor are there many, if any, signs directing.....  more »
  • There are beautiful views of the shoreline around this scenic lighthouse. The museum provides a glimpse into the lighthouse and area history. You can relax and sit on the grass or explore the...  more »

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