Little Compton, Rhode Island
Built in 1884
Entrance to Sakonnet River on Little Cormorant Rock, off Route 77.
|Latitude: 41° 27' 12" N
||Longitude: 71° 12' 12" W|
Little Cormorant rock and a host of other small ledges would wreak havoc with mariners in foggy and stormy weather, as they were just above the water line, and would sometimes be submerged in some high tides. This caused a series of petitions, resulting in Sakonnet lighthouse to be established in 1884.
Keepers would have to brave violent storms over the years that would sweep up almost to the tower due to its low location on the rock.
The lighthouse tower has survived the great hurricane of September 1938 and Hurricane Carol in 1954, although the base became cracked. Major repairs had to be done after hurricane Carol, but the Coast Guard wanted to blow it up instead. The people of the area petitioned the Coast Guard to keep it, and the Coast Guard gave the town of Little Compton ownership to maintain it and not to relight the lantern.
The lighthouse was sold in 1961, and the owner donated it to the Friends of Sakonnet Point Lighthouse in 1985. After acquiring enough funds, the lighthouse was restored and relit in 1997.
Places to Visit Nearby:
The ride down to Sakonnet is very scenic with country roads and attractive historic 19th century architecture along the way. Visit Sakonnet Vineyards for local wine tasting and exploring. The beach areas offer nice ocean views if you can find a place to park in the summer season, off-season is best to enjoy the views and the lighthouse. Wilbor House Museum contains Colonial period furniture and artifacts. The barn features historic farm items, vehicles, and tools.
The lighthouse itself is in the town of Little Compton, a very small seaside town.
From the junction of Highways 24 and 77 south of Fall River, go south on Highway 77 for fourteen miles to Sakonnet.
You’ll find a free small parking area especially if you decide to wait until the off-season.
Walk down to a narrow paved lane to a walled beach overlook.
During the regular summer season it is only open to summer residents only, in the off season, especially if you are lucky to catch low tide, you can get fairly close to the lighthouse for photos
The Friends of Sakonnet Point Lighthouse, Inc.
P.O. Box 154
Little Compton, RI 02831
Local Boat Charters
Offers specific lighthouse tours around Narragansett Bay and to Block Island in addition to other adventure tours.
22 Colvintown Rd.
Coventry, RI 02816
Home (401) 821-7373
Boat/Cell (401) 487-9044
Special sailing lighthouse charter trips to Newport for a day. Overnight trips to Block Island, Cape Cod, Matha's Vinyeard and Nantucket, along with fishing excursions.
RI-77 Sakonnet Point Rd
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