Poing Judith Light
Point Judith Quick Facts
Year Station Established: 1810
Is the Light operational? Yes
Year Light First Lit: 1857
Year Automated: 1947
Shape: Octagonal Conical
Tower Height: 51 ft.
Original Optic: 4th Order, Fresnel
Present Optic: 4th Order, Fresnel
Existing Keepers Quarters? Yes
Year Constructed: 1857
Number of Stories: 1.5
Construction Materials: Brick
Point Judith Lighthouse
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Last Visited: August, 2000
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 35-foot (11 m) tower, built in 1810, was destroyed by a hurricane in 1815. It was replaced in 1816, by a 35-foot (11 m) 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.
The grounds of the lighthouse are open to the public and offer fine views of the Bay. The tower itself is not accessible.
Nearest Address: 1470 Ocean Rd, Narragansett, RI
- From Interstate 95, take exit 8 onto Route 4 south.
- Follow Route 4 south to Route 1. Get onto Route 1 south.
- Stay on Route 1 for 6.5 miles and take the exit for Route 108 south.
- Take 108 south for 4.7 miles and turn right onto Ocean Rd.
- Follow Ocean Road appx. 1 mile to the end at the lighthouse.
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