Block Island Southeast Lighthouse

Rhode Island

rhode island block island southeast lighthouse

A Victorian Gothic red brick tower and attached light keepers house make this one of the most stunning lighthouses I have seen. First lit in 1875 and continued burning until 1990 when it was deactivated.  At the time of deactivation the lighthouse was only 55 feet from the edge and in danger of falling over the bluff.  The lighthouse was moved to its current location and in 1994 was relit. 

I read that there is a beautiful curving iron staircase that leads to the top with amazing views but the lighthouse was closed for the season when we were there.  A walk along the beach far below the lighthouse is a great way to spend a few hours. The 140 steps and climbing over boulders to get to the bottom is well worth the effort.  For those of you that are not quite that adventurous the views from the top are equally amazing.

Plans for the future of the lighthouse include opening rooms up as a bed and breakfast.  I will definitely be returning to spend a night in this beautiful lighthouse.


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