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Welcome to Watch Hill, Rhode Island ( RI )

About Watch Hill
Click for larger map & directionsThis charming village is nestled along the shore of Block Island Sound in the southwest corner of Washington County, Rhode Island. Watch Hill is situated on a peninsula that is nearly surrounded by ocean, further adding to its awe inspiring beauty. Outdoor activities in the area include rowing, swimming, ocean sailing, fishing and hiking. Additionally, local shopping and fine restaurants combine to make this a favored resort area. Should you wish to venture outside the village, there are many local attractions for you to enjoy. Watch Hill's physical location between New York City and Boston make it ideal for day trips. However, you may choose to extend your visit and stay in one of the local inns.

Brief History
Chief Ninigret statueWatch Hill was occupied in the 1600s by the Niantic Indians, who were led for many years by Chief Ninigret. Colonists later moved in and Watch Hill became a strategic lookout point during the French and Revolutionary Wars. In 1806, the historic Watch Hill lighthouse was built. During the early 20th century, the area grew to resort status and became home to many hotels and beach cottages. In 1938, a great hurricane wreaked havoc on the village and destroyed nearly all of the hotels and cottages. Despite many changes over time, Watch Hill remains a secluded and seasonal resort community. Visit today and enjoy the beauty that has attracted such people as Clark Gable, Andrew Mellon and Henry Ford.

How to Get Here
Watch Hill is located just 80 miles from Boston and 160 miles from New York.
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