8. September 2011 11:10
As you probably know, Jamestown has a great deal of history. In fact, the oldest human artifacts found on Conanicut Island date from around 3000 BC, according to www.jamestown-ri.info! We are lucky to have an all-volunteer, non-profit organization, the Jamestown Historical Society, which is dedicated to preserving and promoting interest in Jamestown's past.
If you would like to learn more about Jamestown through the years, there are a number of historic sites around town to visit:
- Jamestown Historical Society Museum - Wednesdays & Sundays thru Oct. 10, 1-4pm
- Jamestown Windmill - Saturdays & Sundays thru Oct. 10, 1-4pm
- Quaker Meeting House
- Conanicut Battery
- Jamestown Philomenian Library Exhibit
- Town Hall Exhibit
- Jamestown Fire Department Memorial Museum
- Beavertail Lighthouse Museum
- Watson Farm
COMING UP – HOUSE TOUR WEEKEND
Friday and Saturday, September 16 & 17
*Members Only Preview Party at Beaver Head Farm - Friday, September 16 from 5-7pm ($40 per person, includes tickets to September 17 house tour). For membership information, go to the Historical Society’s website.
*House Tour at Fox Hill Farm – Saturday, September 17 from 10am-2pm ($20 per person)
27. April 2011 06:06
Fort Getty is a town park located west of Mackerel Cove Beach. The southern part of Narragansett Bay is split in half by 8 mile long Conanicut Island (aka Jamestown), forming East and West Passages. Fort Getty overlooks West Passage and offers campsites for both tent and RV campers. The park also offers a boat ramp, fishing area, camper services and showers.
Historically, Fort Getty was used as a U.S. Military Fort. In 1775, during the Revolutionary War, the British Navy arrived in Newport and shortly after invaded Jamestown. They attacked Fort Getty and Fort Wetherill. During World Wars I and II, it was used for observation and protection of the entrance to Narragansett Bay. For more information, call (401) 423-7264.
A Personal Perspective – from owner Ginny Prichett
Last week, I saw Jeff McDonough's photo in the Jamestown Press of the cement blocks being laid for the new boat ramp at Ft. Getty. It brought back memories for me of our 22' catamaran that we used to launch at Ft. Getty every year. So I took my camera and went for a ride on a lovely Monday to see what action I could see on the construction of the new ramp. A couple of photos are attached to this blog, but that's not why I'm writing. I'm writing because Ft. Getty is one of Jamestown's gems. This gorgeous peninsula juts into Narragansett Bay with a 360 degree view from RI Sound, to the Dutch Island lighthouse, to West Ferry. Protected from northeastern breezes, with easy access to the West Passage of Narragansett Bay, this area is just gorgeous. The only other people out there when I visited on April 25 were the 2 men working on the new boat ramp, and I believe it was about quitting time. So the next time you are looking to take a walk in a very special place, this is my recommendation.
1. April 2011 06:47
I received a big pot of pansies for my birthday last week. I put them outside during the day and in the garage at night. I may have killed them. The temperatures last week? Well, let’s just say the daytime temperatures were about 10 degrees below the norm for this time of the year.
This morning, it was 38 and, with the wind felt like 25. But I noticed some things. It’s April 1. The
daffodils are up and have buds (though tightly closed). The pussy willows are actually just past their
prime and are starting to sprout.
At Dutch Harbor, in West Ferry this week, I saw 3 cars in front of covered boats, and heard the whirring sound of industry readying boats for the season. Bill and May Munger and their able crew at Conanicut Marina are putting out the moorings and readying the docks on the harbor front. At Clarke’s Boatyard there is lots of work going on indicating the hope of the boating season approaching.
Last week I noticed something on Sunday. The first is that in the north end where my husband and I walk our dog each week, there were quite a few cars. This is not completely rare, but what I noticed is a true harbinger of spring. About 5 of the cars had out of state license plate and were driving very slowly, taking in the views and looking at the homes.
I may be an optimist, but in real estate, this truly is a harbinger of spring. I’ve been selling real estate since 1989. I’ve always lived in the northeast neighborhood of Jamestown on or just off, East Shore Road. Never does a spring approach that I don’t notice the cars, driving slowly , taking in the views and looking at the homes. That’s how it begins. There is hope.