HISTORY OF Watch Hill, Westerly
During the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War colonists used this area as a lookout point, affectively naming it Watch Hill. The Watch Hill Lighthouse, first built in 1745, is one of the community’s most popular landmarks. Fort Mansfield was an old coastal artillery and one in a series of forts built to guard the eastern entrance to Long Island Sound during the Spanish-American War. It was operational from 1901 to 1909, and can be located at the end of Napatree Point.
THINGS to do and see in Watch hill
Flying Horse Carousel
The Flying Horse Carousel is believed to be the only one of its kind left in the United States. Its name comes from how the wooden horses are attached to the carousel – suspended by chains rather than fixed to the floor. Brought to Watch Hill in 1883, the carousel is still up-and-running. However, in order to preserve it only children are allowed to ride.
BIO ABOUT THE FORT HERE
Ocean House is a stunning, seaside hotel opened in 1868 just after the Civil War. It is the first and only AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five-Star hotel in Rhode Island. The grounds include direct access to a private white-sand beach with cabana service, outdoor venues (for private events, dining, and cocktails), putting green, shuffle board court, and more!
Olympia Tea Room
Olympia is a family owned restaurant serving simple, bistro-style for over 100 years.
Watch Hill Lighthouse
The Watch Hill light house was built in 1745 during the French and Indian War and Revolutionary War. In 1806, President Thomas Jefferson signed for the reconstruction of the lighthouse after it was destroyed in a storm in 1781. Today, the lighthouse can be accessed through a private road on foot. It’s open from 8:00 AM to sunset throughout the year.