Castle Hill Lighthouse, Newport

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Castle Hill Lighthouse is located on Narragansett Bay in Newport, Rhode Island at the end of the historic Ocean Drive. It is an active navigation aid for vessels entering the East Passage between Conanicut Island and Aquidneck Island. The lighthouse was completed in 1890 on property formerly belonging to the naturalist, oceanographer, and zoologist Alexander Agassiz of Harvard University. Agassiz sold the land to the United States Government for the lighthouse for $1.00.HistoryHenry Hobson Richardson drew a sketch for a lighthouse at this location which may or may not have been the basis for the actual design. The structure does not include the residence which was featured in Richardson's sketch. The keeper's house was built, and still stands, near Castle Hill Cove, a few hundred feet away.Although the lighthouse is not open to the public, the shoreline and cliff face where the lighthouse sits are accessible by several footpaths from the Castle Hill Inn and the Castle Hill Cove Marina. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988 as Castle Hill Lighthouse.List of keepers Frank W. Parmele (1890 – 1911) George L. Hoxsie (1911 – at least 1944) Manuel Soares Macedo (at least 1945).
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  • We visited the Castle Hill Lighthouse on a perfect day. First we spoke to someone directing cars at the Castle Hill Inn, explaining that we only wanted to visit the lighthouse. The inn employee said t...  more »
  • This is a very quick little walk from the Castle Hill Inn parking lot. If you park toward the back of the lot you'll see an opening for the trail that will bring you to the lighthouse. There isn't muc...  more »
  • Viewed from the cruise ship. Interesting lighthouse.. We have been watching lighthouses on our cruise from Quebec to New York. Curious how there can be so many designs and shapes. Castle Hill is uniqu...  more »
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  • Great spot for photography, esp if you're in to lighthouses and popular w/ the fisherman. The views of the bay w/ sail & motor boats and the sunsets are second to none!
  • The day I went to photograph the lighthouse was foggy, but still made for an interesting affect.

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