Rose Island Light

Newport, Rhode Island

Photo courtesy of the Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation

Rose Island Light was built in 1869 to guide ships around the shoals surrounding Newport Harbor. The light served until its deactivation in 1971, after the construction of the Newport Bridge nearly on top of Rose Island in 1969.

After years of neglect, the unique French Second Empire Revival dwelling was rescued from decline and has been restored. The octagonal tower that rises from the mansard roof was relit in 1993. The original Sixth order lens is gone, but In its place is a low-voltage navigation beacon with a white 6 second flash.

Rose Island Light is visible to the south as you pass over the Pell-Newport Bridge. Boats from nearby Ft. Adams carry visitors to the lighthouse.