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Westerly, Rhode Island401-348-8200

Watch Hill Lighthouse

President Thomas Jefferson commissioned Watch Hill Lighthouse in 1807 and today visitors can get an up-close-and-personal look at this historic landmark that sits on a majestic peninsula near Westerly, Rhode Island. A private one-half-mile road leads to the lighthouse from the quaint village of Watch Hill, which translates to a 10-minute walk. The Watch Hill Lighthouse Museum offers up a collection of photographs, letters and journals, which provide insight into the lives of those who ran the lighthouse over the past 200 years.


Hours -

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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Events -



  • Walking
  • Museum
  • Photography


  • What can I expect to see at the Lighthouse Museum?

    Visitors to the Watch Hill Lighthouse museum can enjoy perusing letters, bills and journals that provide fascinating insight into the lives and jobs of the lighthouse keepers. You'll also find historical documentation of famous local sea wrecks, as well as photographs of the 1938 hurricane and late 19th and early 20th century ships.
  • What is the best time to visit Watch Hill Lighthouse?

    While the museum offers summer hours only, you may wish to see the lighthouse at any time of the year. As you might imagine, late spring, late summer and early fall might be the best times to visit this New England coastal monument. The Watch Hill Lighthouse museum is open from July through the week after Labor Day, every Tuesday - Thursday from 1-3PM.

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