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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.Henry 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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  • I may be biased because we took our wedding photos here but this lighthouse is stunning. It's a common misconception that Castle Hill Inn owns this lighthouse - they do not. It's public property so yo...  more »
  • Located on the grounds of Castle Hill Inn - easy walk to the lighthouse but there are stairs to get up and down to the lighthouse. Nice photo opportunity. 
  • We visited Castle Hill Lighthouse on a sunny but cold winter day. It is a maybe 5 minute walk on a path through trees opposite the coast guard parking lot -- if you drive to the hotel/restaurant you'v...  more »