Town of Jamestown is incorporated. There are about 150 residents.
Jamestown Town Council orders Gershom Remington to build a "Fire Beacon" and Benedict Arnold to "look after the watch and see that it be faithfully kept".
Peter Harrison, known as "America's First Architect," designs and builds the first light tower. It is the 3rd lighthouse built in Colonial America. Constructed of wood, the tower is 58 feet in height to the cornice with an 11-foot lantern on top.
Beavertail beacon is lit with manufactured gas for one year in an experiment conducted by the Newport inventor David Melville.
Attribution: Dale K. Benington
Related locationsRI, Newport Co, Jamestown, Beavertail Lighthouse
Related peopleBenedict Arnold
Posted By: Ray Gurganus