Block Island North Lighthouse
New Shoreham, Rhode Island
Location: Sandy Point, north end of Block Island
Nearest town: New Shoreham
Coordinates: 41 13 40 N 71 34 33 W
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North Light Commission
Accessibility: Block Island is accessible via ferry from Point Judith, RI, New London, CT, and Montauk, NY. The lighthouse is a long walk from the ferry terminal; a car or bicycle is recommended, or you can hire a taxi. Reaching the lighthouse requires walking for about 20 minutes from the parking area on a sandy beach.
The lighthouse is open daily from late June to mid-September, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; weekends only in spring and fall. Call
(401) 466-3213 for more information.
Station established: 1829
Present lighthouse built: 1868
Relighted as a private aid to navigation in October 2010.
Characteristic: Flashing white every five seconds.
Optics: Seven oil lamps and 16-inch parabolic reflectors (1829)
Fourth-order Fresnel lens (returned to lighthouse in 2010) (below)
Construction material: Granite, iron
Height of tower: 55 feet
Height of focal plane: 58 feet
Other buildings still standing: Two storage buildings