Beavertail Lighthouse and Park, Jamestown

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Beavertail Lighthouse, built in 1856, was and still is the premier lighthouse in Rhode Island, United States, marking the entrance to Narragansett Bay. The 64ft lighthouse lies on the southernmost point of Conanicut Island in the town of Jamestown, Rhode Island in Beavertail State Park, on a site where beacons have stood since the early 18th century. The Whistle House and Garage were destroyed by the New England Hurricane of 1938. The light provides navigation for boats and ships entering Narragansett Bay in the East Passage between Conanicut Island and Newport, Rhode Island on Aquidneck Island. Other lighthouses, such as Castle Hill Lighthouse, Point Judith Light, and Rose Island Light are visible from Beavertail Lighthouse.
Its white light rotates counterclockwise and makes a full rotation in about six or seven seconds. The light is on 24 hours per day with a rotation every 6 seconds, unlike many lighthouses that are near it. It has a loud foghorn that blasts about every 30 seconds during the fog.
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  • Beavertail lighthouse is a beacon for ships, still operated by the US Coast Guard, but has a wonderful free museum, and very nice gift shop, with unusual items for sale. It is completely staffed by.....  more »
  • My husband and I stopped here to stretch our legs on a long road trip. I couldn't believe how beautiful and underrated this place was. There is ample parking and restrooms available onsite. We only...  more »

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