Discover the third oldest US lighthouse - 250 years of history

The Beavertail Lighthouse Museum offers 250 years of shining history

For those who are looking to visit one of America’s greatest historical treasures, look no further! We present you the Beavertail Lighthouse and Museum. The third oldest lighthouse in the United States. It stands in an amazingly beautiful scenery with an incredible rich history. Located on Rhode Island, it stands on Jamestown's Southern tip.

You won't only find the Beavertail lighthouse on the island, it also houses a maritime museum which has preserved much of the local history. There are many stories to tell about the weary marine men finding their way through rough sea conditions. Often in the dead of night, guided home by the light of this inspiring structure. It is part of Narragansett Bay’s intriguing past and something spectacular to behold.

Beavertail Lighthouse inspires painters

The third oldest lighthouse inspires painters from all over the country. (photo:Varoujan Karentz / Beavertail Lighthouse Museum)

Oldest remains over 250 years old

Built in 1898, it didn't only guide fishermen home. The keepers also operated a foghorn that could be heard for miles around. On this part of the island the lighthouse is not the only structure you will find. It also houses the residence of the lighthouse keeper. Together known as the Beavertail Light Station. Unfortunately, in 1938, some parts of the structure were destroyed by a hurricane. But to the delight of those on a mission to restore it, remains were found from the original stone foundation dating back to 1749. Over the years the lighthouse has gone through many restoration attempts and renovations. Remains from those findings now form the basis of what you will find in the museum. It shows all the phases that this antique building has gone through and how it survived the test of time.

Beavertail Lighthouse foundation

The Beavertail lighthouse stands on a foundation that dates from 1749. (photo: Amanda Monroe / Beavertail Lighthouse Museum)

Science, culture and technology

The museum doesn't only focus on the amazement of the lighthouse itself. There are also exhibits on the surrounding area’s maritime science, culture, technology and art. It is a great place to immerse yourself in the way that America’s waterway system supported and helped this great nation become what it is today. See the best of the past combined with the awe-inspiring scenery of Narragansett Bay. Don’t let this spectacular destination pass you by.

Lighthouse summary

Name: Beavertail Lighthouse

Erected in: 1898

Oldest remains foundation: 1749

Partly destroyed by hurricane in: 1938

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