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Beavertail Lighthouse and Park, Jamestown

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Beavertail Lighthouse, built in 1856, was and still is the premier lighthouse in Rhode Island, USA, 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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  • I drove to the lighthouse on a snowy day. The roads, though snowy, were very passable. Upside - no one else was on the road and I went the last 4 miles without seeing another soul. In the solitude and...  more »
  • What a wonderful trip! If you are looking for coastal/cliff views, this is the place for you! Just walking around the area and enjoying the views is a lovely time. There are paths for you to walk on a...  more »
  • Beavertail is a nice place to go on a day to watch where the ocean and the bay meet and watch the waves hit the rocks. It is a lovely area to get some fresh air and walk.  more »