Point Judith Lighthouse, Narragansett

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Lighthouse · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The Point Judith Light is located on the west side of the entrance to Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island as well as the north side of the eastern entrance to Block Island Sound. The confluence of two waterways make this area busy with water traffic and the waters around Point Judith are very cold and dangerous. Historically, even with active lighthouses, there have been many shipwrecks off these coasts.
Three light structures have been built on this site. The original 35ft tower, built in 1810, was destroyed by a hurricane in 1815. It was replaced in 1816, by another 35-foot stone tower with a revolving light and ten lamps. The present octagonal granite tower was built in 1856. The upper half of the tower is painted brown and the lower half white to make the light structure a more effective daymark for maritime traffic. In 1871, ship captains asked that Point Judith's fog signal be changed from a horn to whistle. This change distinguished the Point Judith light from the Beavertail Lighthouse, which used a siren to announce fog. A whistle could also be heard more distinctly over the sounds of the surf in the area. Point Judith Light was automated in 1954, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.
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  • Nice place for walks or just sitting on a chair or blanket to take in the view. You will see some boats passing and possibly some interesting wildlife. The lighthouse was not open for tours.  more »
  • Early morning very foggy. Could barely see it. Not sure how the boats even see through that kind of fog. Good stop. You can walk the beach. Wish it was clearer.  more »
  • Nice little lighthouse on a beautiful point with expansive views but the lighthouse is in the gated coast guard base which you cannot go into. It is adjacent to a park with public parking and great views as well. Nice area to check out all year round. Typical New England.
  • The lighthouse is beautiful but you can’t get very close to it due to the security fence and Navy base there. When I went to see the lighthouse the gate was opened, so I walked up to the lighthouse but was promptly asked to leave. There’s not much else to do in the immediate area so I was disappointed that I couldn’t spend more time at the lighthouse. The officer who asked us to leave was gracious and patient, so that was a relief. I didn’t realize the area was actually closed due to the gate being wide open and the lighthouse being listed as an area attraction for Narragansett. If you visit here, just plan on taking photos from outside the fence!

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