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. Using our international travel planner, Narragansett attractions like Point Judith Lighthouse can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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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.
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 »
beautiful view, met a man about 20 years ago who gave up his life in finance and built a home out of stones and lived on the beach for years. was interesting listening to the stories that made this man live like he did. he would design amazing designs with the pebbles and stones on the waterfront.
Lovely place to enjoy the ocean views and delicious salt air. It would be nice if you could get closer to the lighthouse, but we do enjoy bringing chairs and relaxing for a couple of hours near the ocean.
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