While we were staying at Whispering Pines Campground in Rhode Island, we did a search for nearby lighthouses. Living on Long Island and having visited many lighthouses there and enjoying them, since we have been on the road full time we try to find lighthouses close to the campgrounds we stay at. Beavertail Lighthouse was about one hour from Hope Valley so we jumped on the motorcycle and off to Jamestown we went.
Beavertail Lighthouse Museum is located on the southernmost tip of Jamestown, Rhode Island. It is the third oldest lighthouse in the US. There is also a museum, small aquarium, gift shop and Beavertail State Park adjoining the lighthouse site.
Beavertail Lighthouse is the third oldest lighthouse in North America. The original lighthouse was built from wood and completed in 1749. The original structure was 58 feet tall with an 11-foot lantern on top. In 1753 it was rebuilt after a fire destroyed the original structure.
In 1783 the lighthouse was once again rebuilt after British soldiers burnt it down in 1779. In 1793 the lighthouse ownership was turned over to the Federal government. In 1972 the lighthouse was automated. In 1977 the lighthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places. We will put a link at the bottom of this page if you are interested in the complete timeline of this lighthouse.
Very Limited Hours For Museum Access And Tower Climbing
The lighthouse and museum are open during the summer season. They have very limited hours so if you are looking to climb the tower or visit the museum, check the website. We visited after Labor Day so both were closed.
The entry to get to the lighthouse is a one-way circular road that loops around the front of the lighthouse. There are parking areas on both sides of the loop. There were several portable composting toilets adjacent to the lighthouse.
The views of Narragansett Bay are amazing. You can walk along the rocks, fish, watch the waves roll in and crash into the rocks and watch boats go by.
We spent several hours enjoying the grounds, which we found to be well manicured. We noted that there were signs posted on the grounds that included the history of the Beavertail Light Station, views looking out over Narragansett Bay and the Assistant Keepers House.
Visiting the lighthouse and the park were definitely worth our while and we would suggest stopping by to check it out. I would think that during the summer season it would be busy but at that time you would have an opportunity to climb to the top of the lighthouse, as well as stop into the museum and gift shop.
Date of Visit: September 20, 2018
Fee: $5.00 Donation is suggested for each adult climber