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New England Lighthouses: A Virtual Guide
Beavertail Light
Jamestown, Rhode Island
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  Jeremy D'Entremont
Location: Conanicut Island, Narragansett Bay; Nearest town: Jamestown, Rhode Island
41 26 58 N
71 23 59 W
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Station established: 1749; Present lighthouse built: 1856; Automated: 1972
Construction material: Granite; Height of tower: 45 feet; Height of focal plane: 64 feet
Other buildings still standing: 1856 keeper's house, 1898 assistant keeper's house, oil house, storage building, garage.
Active U.S. Coast Guard aid to navigation.
Museum in the keeper's house maintained by:
Beavertail Lighthouse Museum Association
P.O. Box 83
Jamestown, Rhode Island 02835
Accessibility: The lighthouse is located in Beavertail State Park at the end of Beavertail Road, at the southern tip of Conanicut Island. There is free parking. The grounds are open to the public, and there is a museum in the assistant keeper's house. The tower is not open to the public.

Earlier optic: Third-order Fresnel (1856); Present optic: DCB 24 (left)
Characteristic: Flashing white every six seconds

Fog signal (left): One blast every 30 seconds
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Jamestown, Rhode Island Community Home Page
Jamestown, RI Visitor Information
Beavertail State Park
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