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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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  • We camp at Fishermen's Memorial State Park and Point Judith Lighthouse is a regular site for us to visit. You don't have access to the grounds around the Lighthouse because it is an active Coast Guard...  more »
  • This is a beautiful light house but is behind a gate and is restricted by the Department of Homeland Security and used by the Cost Guard. You can't get too close. There are scenic views from next to t...  more »
  • Point Judith Lighthouse is just hanging out at the beach. I am not a picnic type of person, but this is the type of place. I just park the car and look at the ocean. When I get ready, a couple of my f...  more »
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  • It is a very beautiful light house. It's a United States Coast Guard base. Unfortunately you can not go on the property to touch or stand next to the light unless you have an appointment. Still Amazing to see from a distance.
  • Such a beautiful location. On a warm summer day the cool sea breeze is magical. Wrap up warm though if the weather is colder !
  • Best veiw of the ocean and the bay!
  • 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.