There are over 20 lighthouses dotting the coastline of the “Ocean State” aiding maritime navigation. The oldest of these, Beavertail Light, also happens to be the third oldest lighthouse station in the New England and the fourth oldest in the United States. The oldest original lighthouse building is the Poplar Point Light, which also happens to be inactive, one of four inactive lighthouses on the Rhode Island coast.
The tallest lighthouse in the state is the Sakonnet Light standing at 66 feet tall. The shortest is the Lime Rock / Ida Lewis Light at only 13 feet.
Rhode Island has lighthouses that blink green, red, and white, and one that blinks white with a red sector (Sakonnet Light), and another that alternates white and red (Watch Hill Light).
Lighthouses of the Rhode Island Coast
Following are the lighthouses along the coast of Rhode Island:
- Beavertail Lighthouse – Jamestown, Rhode Island
- Block Island North Lighthouse – Block Island, Rhode Island
- Block Island Southeast Lighthouse – Block Island, Rhode Island
- Bristol Ferry Lighthouse – Bristol, Rhode Island
- Castle Hill Lighthouse – Newport, Rhode Island
- Conanicut Island Lighthouse – Jamestown, Rhode Island
- Conimicut Light – Warwick, Rhode Island
- Newport Harbor Light – Newport, Rhode Island