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New England Lighthouses: A Virtual Guide
Watch Hill Light
Westerly, Rhode Island
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Watch Hill Light
Jeremy D'Entremont
Location: Fishers Island Sound east approach (juncture of Block Island Sound and Fishers Island Sound)
Nearest town: Westerly
41 18 12 N
71 51 30 W
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Accessibility: The lighthouse is closed to the public. The grounds are open during the day, and a museum in the oil house is open limited hours in summer. There is no parking near the lighthouse; visitors must park in town and walk (about 15 minutes).
The Watch Hill Lighthouse Museum in one of the station's buildings is open July 1 to Labor Day; Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1-3 p.m.
Station established: 1808; Present lighthouse built: 1856; Automated: 1986
Construction material: Granite with brick lining
Height of tower: 45 feet; Height of focal plane: 61 feet
Earlier optic: Fourth order Fresnel (1856); Present optic: VRB-25
Characteristic: Alternating red and white flash every 2.5 seconds
Fog signal: One blast every 30 seconds
Other buildings still standing: 1856 keeper's house, oil house, garage, 1909 fog signal building
Active U.S. Coast Guard aid to navigation. Buildings and grounds maintained by
Watch Hill Lighthouse Keepers Association
14 Lighthouse Road
Watch Hill, RI 02891
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About Historic Watch Hill
Westerly, RI - A Visitor's Guide
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