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Watch Hill Lighthouse at Rhode Island

Watch Hill Lighthouse

Lighthouse Rd, Westerly, Rhode Island, 02391
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Watch Hill Lighthouse

President Thomas Jefferson commissioned Watch Hill Lighthouse in 1807. Today, visitors can get an up-close-and-personal look at this historic landmark that sits on a peninsula in Westerly, Rhode Island. A road leads to the lighthouse from the quaint village of Watch Hill. It's about one-half mile, which translates to a 10-minute walk. The Watch Hill Lighthouse Museum, where everything from photographs to letters to journals are on display, is open two afternoons a week during the summer months.



Lighthouse Access
  • Daily: 8:00 a.m. to Sunset
Lighthouse Museum
  • July 1 - Labor Day (Tuesday & Thursday): 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

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  • Walking
  • Museum
  • Photography


No one is permitted to drive to the Lighthouse except the physically challenged and senior citizens. Parking is available in the village of Watch Hill, a short walk from Larkin Road, which leads to the Lighthouse. Parking lots charge $10-$20 while street parking is free for two hours.

Prohibited Items

You’re not allowed to grill food or drink alcohol at Watch Hill Lighthouse. Balls and Frisbees are prohibited as well. In addition, watercraft cannot be launched and dogs must be leashed.


  • What is the best time to visit Watch Hill Lighthouse?

    You can be pretty sure the weather will be nice in late spring, late summer, and early fall. It can be very hot in the middle of the summer and cold and snowy in the winter.
  • What can I expect to see at the Lighthouse Museum?

    Letters, bills, and journals are on display along with such historical Items as documentation of famous local sea wrecks. There are also photographs of the 1938 hurricane and ships from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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