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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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.
New England Lighthouses - A Virtual Guide
Note: GPS coordinates are approximate
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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