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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  • Went for an overnight. The room and views were breathtaking. Had afternoon tea and breakfast and the views from both rooms were wonderful.  more »
  • Signs all next to trail - didn’t want to take the chance but got beautiful pictures of it from in front of the castle hill inn!  more »
  • This lighthouse is easy to access. Just follow directions listed in the other reviews. I won't repeat them here. It's not a super impressive lighthouse. You can't go inside. It's not especially tall o...  more »
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  • This place is secluded and you need to be a guest of the hotel in order to view it unless you do what I did and just walk the path to it lol. Awesome experience. It was actually kind of creepy climbing up the lighthouse because nobody but me was there.
  • Most people GPS will take them to Coast Guard Station Castle Hill. I know because I work there. Please make sure you're reading ALL of the signs because civilians often find themselves face to face with a coastie for not staying aware of their surroundings. The lighthouse is beautiful and easy to get to. It's worth a visit.
  • I wish I was able to get closer to the lighthouse. But the views here were phenomenal If your looking you tour around this is a fun sight to see
  • This is a pretty cool spot on the Bay. 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 the boat traffic is very cool.
  • Very neat once you find it. Look for the castle hill inn and there's a path that leads back to it at the far end of the parking lot.
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