Beacons of Green Living for Rhode Island

Pt Judith RI Lighthouse

The Inventory of Rhode Island's lighthouses is long and numerous, 21 to be exact, illuminating ships' navigational paths into the bays and ports of Rhode Island for centuries. Many are energy self-sufficient, using the wind to power electricity and water recollection to supply water and run plumbing facilities.

In recent years through the work and dedication of predominantly volunteer groups, a few of Rhode Island's lighthouses have been lovingly restored with fresh operating lenses and warning sounds of working signals for foggy nights. Countless hours have been spent by volunteers in the decamping of nature's inhabitants, retooling of its natural green resources to supply energy, fund-raising, and maintenance and rehabilitation of structures of lighthouse properties. Many of these landmarks can be visited during the day and for overnight stays that offer unrivaled solace, historical look-backs, and models for green living in 2010.

Rose Island Lighthouse model of green living

Designated by the National Park Service, the Rose Island Lighthouse off Newport harbor has been named one of the many Historic Light Stations and is also listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Home to lighthouse keepers and their families for over one hundred years, the Rose Island Lighthouse was built in 1869. It is now a beacon of green living for Rhode Island with energy self-sufficiency, wind-powered electricity and a water run-off collection system. It is one of the few lighthouses listed as operating and posted on ship's charts as a private aid to navigation.

Small sailing craft, skiffs, canoes or kayaks are welcome to land on the beaches near the lighthouse. Regular harbor tours offer lighthouse visits to Rose Island as well. There is a landing or admission fee for day tours: $5 adults; $4 children ages 6-12 and seniors 65 and older. If you take the Jamestown Newport Ferry, your cost will be discounted by another dollar. Overnight stays, group tours, and educational programs like seal watching are available. Or become a Keeper for a Week! The Lighthouse Museum is open from July 1 through Labor Day. After Labor Day, call 401-847-4242 to make arrangements for a visit or educational program for groups.

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