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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  • August 13, 2017
    A hidden gem! A little challenging to find, but well worth the short hike to this amazing view. We were there with crashing waves and partial fog which added to the experience. Lots of opportunities f...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    Lovely place with a view of the Bay with special reference to the large, tall and long bridge to Newport. At sunset views. beautiful photos. We will be back
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  • July 30, 2017
    It would have been even cooler if you could go inside. There are a maze of trails to this spot from the parking area nearby for all of the fishermen trying to catch dinner. The views of the Bay and th...  more »
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  • August 19, 2016
    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!
  • August 25, 2016
    The day I went to photograph the lighthouse was foggy, but still made for an interesting affect.

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