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Jamestown in Newport County, Rhode Island — The American Northeast (New England)
 

The 1749 Foundation

 
 
The 1749 Foundation Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bryan Simmons, June 2012
1. The 1749 Foundation Marker
The Concrete cap is right behind the sign
Inscription. Below this concrete cap sits the stone foundation Beavertail's 1749 lighthouse.

Initially built to provide safe passage into Newport's colonial harbor, it was designed and built by Peter Harrison, "America's first architect," who later designed the Redwood library, Touro Synagogue and the brick market in Newport. Beavertail was the third lighthouse built in the American Colonies.

Until recently it was believed the first light tower was circular in shape. However, a 2008 ground penetrating radar survey determined it was octagonal, made of wood, that tower burned down in 1753.

A stone tower was built in 1753. in 1779, the British burned the tower as they departed Rhode Island and removed some of the lighting equipment.

In 1856, the present granite light tower was constructed farther from shore, the old stone tower was torn down and a fog signal building was built on the foundation.>p> This old foundation was hidden and forgotten until the great hurricane of 1938 destroyed the fog signal building, tore up the ground in front of the light tower, and uncovered it.

During World War II, the Rhode Island National Guard installed a searchlight, a mobile gun emplacement, and range finding equipment on top of the concrete cap. Later, an electrical fog light was placed on the cap.
 
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The 1749 Foundation Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 29, 2015
2. The 1749 Foundation Marker
View of both the marker and the concrete cap on the top of the stone lighthouse foundation as it appeared in the summer of 2015.
Beavertail Lighthouse Museum Association.
 
Location. 41° 26.951′ N, 71° 23.964′ W. Marker is in Jamestown, Rhode Island, in Newport County. Marker is on Beavertail Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Jamestown RI 02835, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Foundation of the Original Beavertail Lighthouse (here, next to this marker); The Granite Light Tower (within shouting distance of this marker); The Keeper's House (within shouting distance of this marker); Fog Signal Building (within shouting distance of this marker); The West Passage to Narragansett Bay (within shouting distance of this marker); The Assistant Keeper's House (within shouting distance of this marker); Whale Rock Lighthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Oil Storage Building (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jamestown.
 
Also see . . .
1. Rhode Island State Park History. (Submitted on June 16, 2012, by Bryan Simmons of Attleboro, Massachusetts.)
2. Beavertail Lighthouse Museum Association. (Submitted on June 16, 2012, by Bryan Simmons of Attleboro, Massachusetts.)
 
Categories. Colonial EraWar, US RevolutionaryWar, World IIWaterways & Vessels
 
The 1749 Foundation Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 29, 2015
3. The 1749 Foundation Marker
A more distant view of both the marker and the concrete cap on the top of the stone lighthouse foundation as it appeared in the summer of 2015.
The 1749 Foundation image. Click for full size.
By Bryan Simmons, June 2012
4. The 1749 Foundation
The Front side of the foundation
The lighthouse as it stands today image. Click for full size.
By Bryan Simmons, June 2012
5. The lighthouse as it stands today
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 16, 2012, by Bryan Simmons of Attleboro, Massachusetts. This page has been viewed 477 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on June 16, 2012, by Bryan Simmons of Attleboro, Massachusetts.   2, 3. submitted on September 15, 2015, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   4, 5. submitted on June 16, 2012, by Bryan Simmons of Attleboro, Massachusetts. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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