Conanicut Light
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Conanicut Quick Facts

Year Station Established: 1886

Is the Light operational? No

Year Light First Lit: 1886

Year Deactivated: 1933

Shape: Square without lantern

Tower Height:   ft.

Original Optic: 5th Order, Fresnel

Present Optic: None

Existing Keepers Quarters? Yes
     Year Constructed: 1886
      Number of Stories: 2
      Architectural Style: Gothic Revival
      Construction Materials: Wood

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Conanicut Lighthouse
Jamestown, RI

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Last Visited: February, 2004

Congress appropriated $18,000 for the building of a lighthouse at the northern tip of Conanicut Island in 1884 to help mariners around the dangerous point. The lighthouse, a square tower attached to a six-room house, was finished in 1886.

The tower held a fifth order Fresnel lens, exhibiting a fixed white light 47 feet above sea level, changed in 1907 to a fixed red light. The station's original fog bell was replaced by a compressed-air siren in 1903.

In 1933 Conanicut Island Light was replaced by an automatic light on a steel skeleton tower. The lighthouse, with the lantern room removed, was sold at auction for $2,785. The skeleton tower was discontinued in the early 1980s. Today the Victorian house with gingerbread trim is painted red.

Source: New England Lighthouses - A Virtual Guide

Personal Note:
Note: GPS coordinates are approximate

Latitude/Longitude: 41.573448,-71.371667

Nearest Address: 64 Bay View Dr, Jamestown, RI

  • From Interstate 95 take Route 4 south to SR 138 east.
  • Just before the toll booth at the Newport bridge, take the exit for Jamestown.
  • Take your first left onto Canonicus Rd, which will take you under SR 138.
  • After you go under SR 138 turn left onto East Shore Rd.
  • Follow East Shore Rd. for about 4.5 miles, when the road will turn sharply to the left. At this point, turn right onto N. Bay View Dr. (a dirt road).
  • About 100 yards down the road you'll see the lighthouse. We went during the winter when there were no leaves on the trees. I suspect during the summer it would be difficult to see the house and tower through the foliage.

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