Brian here. We started our day in Jamestown with a windmill. This particular windmill is especially picturesque, and was built in 1787.
Driving along Jamestown’s North Road, we saw an osprey nest, complete with two standing ospreys at the Marsh Meadows Wildlife Preserve. Such magnificent birds!
In celebration of the Jamestown Arts Center's 10th anniversary, Jamestown is hosting an outside art exhibit this summer. Some of the displays are really fun and whimsical, like multi-colored knitted animals outside of the library, while others were more abstract. After wandering around the library area, we went to Godena Farm to walk through the fields and see more outdoor art. It was quite hot, but the walk was still pleasant, and there were so many bluebird houses scattered throughout the farm.
After being outdoors in the heat, we longed to cool off. Heidi found a nice small swimming beach in Jamestown, off of Seaside Drive and accessed from one of the public right-of-ways (http://www.crmc.ri.gov/publicaccess.html). It had a beautiful view of the Jamestown Bridge and provided a shady spot to rest. Even Aemilia enjoyed the beach and went in the water.
Feeling the need for even more cooling off, we drove to the Newport Bridge side of the island and got ice cream (no surprise there) at Spinnakers. Heidi quickly learned that she should not have gotten her ice cream in a cone since it was 90+ degrees, and her ice cream was soon a melty mess.
Then we continued on our way to Fort Wetherill. Built in 1899, this fort served as part of the defense of Narragansett Bay, and the site also the previous home of a revolutionary fort called Fort Dumpling. More recently, Fort Wetherill is famous for its graffiti. The tunnels inside and out are completely covered in graffiti, some of it quite intricate. Heidi and Taryn wandered around the fort, scaling ladders for closer views of the graffiti while Aemilia, Aoife, and I took in the beautiful view.
After leaving Wetherill, we picked up pizza at Ace’s Pizza and drove to our last Jamestown stop: Beavertail State Park. Beavertail is a lovely place to sit, enjoy the rocky cliffs overlooking the water,have dinner, and view the lighthouse. Sometimes when we’ve been to Beavertail it has been quite windy and occasionally foggy. Today, however, Beavertail was clear and sunny, with a slight breeze. The perfect place for pizza by the ocean, watching a sunset, and enjoying our time together.
Other places we've enjoyed in Jamestown:
We are a family who loves to travel and explore. Covid-19 has changed our plans for summer 2020, but we are making the best out of the situation by exploring our beautiful home state of Rhode Island. During the summer of 2020, we are hoping to visit every town in Rhode Island. Thank you for joining us on our journey!