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Point Judith Lighthouse, Narragansett
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The Point Judith Light is located on the west side of the entrance to Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island as well as the north side of the eastern entrance to Block Island Sound. The confluence of two waterways make this area busy with water traffic and the waters around Point Judith are very cold and dangerous. Historically, even with active lighthouses, there have been many shipwrecks off these coasts.Three light structures have been built on this site. The original 35ft tower, built in 1810, was destroyed by a hurricane in 1815. It was replaced in 1816, by another 35-foot stone tower with a revolving light and ten lamps. The present octagonal granite tower was built in 1856. The upper half of the tower is painted brown and the lower half white to make the light structure a more effective daymark for maritime traffic. In 1871, ship captains asked that Point Judith's fog signal be changed from a horn to whistle. This change distinguished the Point Judith light from the Beavertail Lighthouse, which used a siren to announce fog. A whistle could also be heard more distinctly over the sounds of the surf in the area. Point Judith Light was automated in 1954, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.
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  • Even though we couldn't walk around the actual lighthouse the drive to this area and the surrounding park and cliffs are simply beautiful. We didn't plan to spend long here - just snapped some picture...  more »
  • Point Judith. Was equipped with a typical light found on the coast is American. The tip gives us a point of view on the sea at 270 degrees. It is higher than the rest of the side which allows a beautiful view.
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  • I love lighthouses, and 30 years ago I visited Pt Judith as one of my pilgrimage spots. What a difference 30 years make, especially as those thirty years included 9/11. Thus, there were large security...  more »
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  • I grew up in R.I. and moved away 40 years ago. While back here to visit family, I decided it was high time to visit with my wife and kids for the first time. Excellent stop. I wonder how many people in R.I. have never been here either. There is a small footpath to the right of the lighthouse fence which leads to the beachhead where you can see Block Island.
  • My husband and I got Married standing right at the lighthouse. We went back after 5 years and will be there in Sept for our 10 th Anniversary. Even if we can't get up to it any more it will always be our special place. It is absolutely beautiful. It will always be our special place.
  • You can only see the lighthouse from behind a security fence at a government building. At most you can get about 200 yards away. The nearby seating area overlooking the water is quite nice, but don't come out here just for the lighthouse.
  • The lighthouse and the views are pretty, but every time I try to come here, it is closed.
  • The gate is locked. Seems to be no good reason except there is a parked earth mover there. A guy going in that works there said you are allowed to walk around the fence on the ocean side and see the lighthouse (but not the keepers house) by just walking in. Disappointing and frustrating.