26. May 2011 08:10
While cycling around the island recently, an off-island friend asked if Jamestown has been mentioned as one of the top ten beautiful places to bike. I am not aware of such a list, but if there is one, Jamestown would definitely be on it! Those of us who are fortunate enough to call Jamestown “home” are acutely aware of our beautiful surroundings, and being an avid cyclist, I have always believed that there is no better way to see a place than by two wheels. To tour Conanicut Island on your bike makes for some wonderful times.
A bike tour of the island will include a bit of everything: rolling hills, spectacular water views, sightings of magnificent sailboats, Block Island, lighthouses, Fort Getty, Fort Wetherill, and picturesque tree-lined streets. Of course no outing would be complete without stopping in town for an ice cream cone or dish of gelato. After all, you earned it! For those of us who have spent the winter on our trainers, riding outside is something we anxiously look forward to. I find that riding regularly - at last 5 days each week, provides a great balance to my busy work days at Island Realty.
There is a Jamestown Bike Path Design Committee, which is working to create a bike path on the Island that will enable cyclists to get from the north end to the in-town area via a bike path along North Road. The Jamestown Press reported that there may be possible funding for this project from RIDOT. Read about it here.
An annual Jamestown cycling event is the Jamestown Classic, a US Cycling Association race held on Columbus Day. For 35 years, the Jamestown Rotary Club has sponsored this event and it has brought cyclists fromall over the country. With the help of many volunteers, this event is truly something worth watching, or better yet, hop on your bike and compete!
Now that the warm weather is here, get out your favorite bike and see Jamestown in a whole new way.
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.