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   "Warwick Neck - A Collection Of Memories"

Edited by Bill Nixon, "Warwick Neck - A Collection Of Memories" is a visually stunning, 400-page book with over 800 photographs; it will take the reader back in time through a collection of newspaper articles, photos, and stories about a colorful community that sits on the edge of Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island...

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Located at the very bottom of Warwick Neck, the Warwick Neck Lighthouse has always played an important role in helping to direct sea vessels in the upper part of Narragansett Bay. Even during colonial times, some sort of light beacon was always present at the point to aid the ferries that traveled between Warwick and Prudence Island and then onto Newport. When Providence became the state's most important seaport, the need for an actual lighthouse at Warwick Neck grew. In 1826, three acres of land was purchased from the Greene family for $750, and in 1827 the first lighthouse was built, followed two years later by the gatekeeper's cottage. The cottage was remodeled in 1889 into it's present six-room form.

In 1932, the cylindrical cast-iron light tower, standing 51 feet high,
was erected, and this light tower has the distinction of being the last
traditional lighthouse built in Rhode Island. The original location was
75 feet closer to the water, but because of extensive damage suffered to it's foundation in the Hurricane of 1938, the lighthouse was moved back to it's present spot.

Currently operated by the Coast Guard, this lighthouse has served as the site of the Easter Sunrise Service hosted by the Shawomet Baptist
Church, since 1923, and it's green light, signaling every 4 seconds,
remains a visible symbol of Warwick's early seafaring days.

Warwick, RI

The grounds are not accessible to the public. You can see the lighthouse from the fence at the entrance to the grounds.

Latitude/Longitude: 41°40'N 71°23'W



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