Things to do
Jamestown, Rhode Island is located twenty-five miles south of Providence and a mile west of Newport, on Conanicut Island, in Narragansett Bay. It is both a summer destination and a year-round community with a population is about 6,000.
Located on Conanicut Island, Jamestown is nine miles long by one mile wide. Its highest elevation is 135 feet. Sheep grazing and farming began in the sixteen-thirties. For well over two hundred years the island remained mostly agricultural. Even today, there is a quiet rural character to much of the island and Jamestown’s commercial center has the feel of a traditional village. A few farms remain, older neighborhoods are intact and historic properties, including lighthouses, windmills and the remains of old military fortifications, offer connection to the past.
Interesting Conanicut Island sites include historic Beavertail lighthouse and park; 280 acre Watson Farm, with its cattle, sheep, horses, gardens and miles of picturesque trails; historic Forts Wetherill and Getty (now recreational areas); a more than two hundred year old windmill; sandy Mackeral Cove Beach; the Conanicut Island Bird Sanctuary; a fire fighting museum that includes a 1894 horse-drawn steam engine; theJamestown Museum collection of ferry system memorabilia; and the Sydney Wright Museum of locally-collected Indian and Colonial artifacts.