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Jamestown's Historic Sights

As you probably know, Jamestown has a great deal of history.  In fact, the oldest human artifacts found on Conani
cut Island date from around 3000 BC, according to!  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

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)





The J's Are Back! J Class Newport Regatta 2011

Velsheda (1933)

There is going to be an exciting sailing regatta of the J Class yachts from June 15th to June 19th in Newport. Velsheda, Ranger and Shamrock V will be participating in what is the first of a series of global J Class events. I am only a novice sailor, but I do know that I don't want to miss seeing these magnificent yachts on Narragansett Bay. I would suggest going to either Beavertail or Fort Wetherill to catch a glimpse. Also, Castle Hill will be a great vantage point.

The starts and finishes are off of Fort Adams with viewing stands set up on the Northwestern corner of Fort Adams.

J Class is a rating for large sailing yachts desinged between 1930 and 1937. They were used to compete in three races of the America's Cup.  According to, "Ten massive yachts conforming to J rule were built between 1930 and 1937, although more were designed and tank tested. They were all but extinct, however three English yachts survived. In 2000, the new J Class Association was formed to 'promote, protect and develop' the interests of these wonderful yachts."

The race schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, June 15: Race 1, start 1 PM

Thursday, June 16: Race 2, start 1 PM 

Friday, June 17: Race 3, start 1 PM

Saturday, June 18: Race 4, start 1 PM

Sunday, June 19: Race 5, start 1 PM

So, when you are feeling overwhelmed and tired, and you just need a break, go to one of these vantage points with an iced coffee or a picnic and enjoy the beauty of these yachts.

-Carol Hopkins


 *Photo titled 'Velsheda Solent' by Frank Crossley