Block Island Southeast Lighthouse
New Shoreham, Rhode Island
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_Location: Mohegan Bluffs, Block Island
Coordinates: 41 09 10 N 71 33 04 W
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Block Island Southeast Lighthouse Foundation, Box 949 Block Island, RI 02807. Phone (401) 466-5009.
Accessibility: Block Island is accessible via ferry from Point Judith, RI, New London, CT, and Montauk, NY. The lighthouse can be reached by walking about 30 minutes from the ferry terminal. If you don't want to walk and don't have a car or bicycle with you, you can hire a taxi. There is a small museum and gift shop in the lighthouse, and the tower is open for tours in the summer.
Station established: 1875
Present lighthouse built: 1875
Construction material: Brick
Height of tower: 52 feet
Height of focal plane: 261 feet
Optic: First-order Fresnel lens (below)
The lighthouse is located on the southeast corner of Block Island. Although the island is diminutive in size at only 9.7 square miles, the Nature Conservancy has listed it as one of the "Last Great Places." The island is a popular location for recreation including sailing, biking, and swimming. About 40 percent of the island is intentionally undeveloped; the remaining space could make good use of tiny house plans and other size-conscious developments.