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New Shoreham, RI (Block Island)

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New Shoreham Rhode Island

  • The town of New Shoreham is located within the boundaries of Washington County.
  • New Shoreham was incorporated in 1672.
  • 2010 Census notes 1,010 people live in this town.
  • New Shoreham is named for Shoreham, Kent in England.
  • Size: 109.5 Sq Miles (9.7 Sq Miles of land & 99.8 Sq Miles of water)
  • Zip Code: 02807
  • Block Island is located 13 miles south of the coast of RI.
  • The Nature Conservancy added Block Island to it's list of "The Last Great Places".
  • Town of New Shoreham Official Website

Real Estate Facts

Residential

% of Value

Commercial

Vehicle

Biz / Personal Prop

$5.34 80% $5.34 $9.75 $5.34

* last assessed in 2012 & has wholesale & retail inventory exemptions

Around Town

Block Island Ferry
  • Official Block Island Ferry Website.
  • Based in Point Judith (Narragansett)
  • The Only year-round ferry to Block Island.
  • Traditional Ferry Service: 55 Minutes each way
  • High Speed Ferry Service: 30 Minutes each way.
  • The ferry transports passengers, passenger vehicles, commercial trucks as well as hipping freight.
  • The Fleet consists of MV Block Island, High Speed Ferry Athena, MV Anna C, MV Carol Jean, MV Nelseco, & MV Manitou.
  • The Block Island Ferry FACEBOOK page.
Block Island North Light
  • The first light on the site was built in 1829.
  • The current structure at Sandy Point is the fourth lighthouse built on the site and was made of granite and iron in 1867.
  • The lighthouse was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.
  • Deactivated in 1973. Relighted in 1989.
  • A wind generator and solar panels provide much of the power for the building.
  • Optics: Seven oil lamps and 16-inch parabolic reflectors (1829); Fourth order Fresnel (1868)

Block Island Southeast Light
  • Construction on the lighthouse began in 1874, after Congress and President Ulysses S. Grant approved $75,000 in funding for the project 2 years prior. Construction was completed in 1875 by T.H. Tynan of Staten Island. The original station was built in the Victorian Gothic style with a 67 feet (20 m) tall octagonal light tower. Connected to the tower is a 2- 1/2 story keepers residence.
  • Architect: US Light House Board; Tynan, T.H.
  • Architectural Style: Gothic.
  • The lighthouse has a museum displaying the original Fresnel lens.

Island Free Library
  • Address: Dodge Street, PO BOX 1830, Block Island RI 02807
  • Phone: (401) 466-3233
  • Island Free Library Website
  • According to the library website, "The Trustees of the Island Free Library, its staff, Friends group and volunteers share a vision of literacy and enrichment for all Block Island residents and visitors alike. All Island Free Library resources- human, financial, material and time- work cooperatively and cohesively to create an institution where all may be educated, entertained, enriched and supported."

 

New Shoreham Beaches

Beach Name

Address

Website

Phone

Type

Charleston Beach Coast Guard Rd / Champlin Rd SITE 401.466.3200 Salt
Fred Benson Town Beach 7 Corn Neck Rd SITE 401.466.7717 Salt
Mansion Beach Off Corn Neck Rd SITE 401.466.3200 Salt
North Light Commission Corn Neck Rd SITE 401.466.3213 Salt