Sure. Sakonnet Light is a sparkplug lighthouse near Sakonnet Point, Little Compton, Rhode Island, on the eastern side of the state. It was built in 1884 and is 41 feet tall. The light is white with a black lantern room and is automated. It flashes every 5 seconds and can be seen for 14 miles.
The lighthouse was built to guide ships into the Sakonnet River, which is a popular shipping route. It has been in operation ever since, except for a brief period after it was damaged in Hurricane Carol in 1954. The lighthouse was deactivated and was going to be destroyed, but local citizens protested and eventually Carl and Carolyn Haffenreffer bought the lighthouse in 1961.The Haffenreffers restored the lighthouse and opened it to the public for tours. They also donated the lighthouse to the Friends of Sakonnet Lighthouse in 1985. The Friends of Sakonnet Lighthouse have continued to maintain and restore the lighthouse, and it is now a popular tourist destination.In addition to its historical significance, Sakonnet Light is also a popular spot for fishing, bird watching, and swimming. The lighthouse is located on a beautiful stretch of coastline with stunning views of the Sakonnet River and Narragansett Bay.Some other interesting facts about Sakonnet Light: The lighthouse is named after the Sakonnet River, which is derived from the Algonquian word "Sakonnet," meaning "little stream." The lighthouse was built on Little Cormorant Rock, which is a small island located about 800 yards off the coast of Sakonnet Point. The lighthouse was designed by Thomas N. Secor, who also designed several other lighthouses in Rhode Island, including Beavertail Lighthouse and Castle Hill Lighthouse. The lighthouse was originally equipped with a fourth-order Fresnel lens, but this was replaced with a modern LED light in 2012. Sakonnet Light is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Keith R Wahl, Made From RI Gallery