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North Light (Sandy Point Light)

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Sandy Point Light
1867. Northernmost point of the island, beyond the north end of Corn Neck Rd.

Built to a U.S. Lighthouse Service design used for at least five other examples (though none in Rhode Island), the Sandy Point Light (later North Light) represented an important evolutionary step in lighthouse design: the standardized-plan attached tower and dwelling. Like many post–Civil War lights, it is of substantial masonry construction—here, rockfaced granite ashlar (compare BI16); the treacherous waters off Sandy Point washed away several earlier, flimsier lights. Located in the windswept dunes of a wildlife and bird sanctuary, it presents the very image of maritime refuge.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.

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