Jamestown, Rhode Island
Before European settlement, Native Americans occupied Conanicut Island, clearing the land and planting crops. The resulting grasslands attracted colonial farmers for pasturing their sheep and cattle. In 1789, Job Watson purchased a piece of this rich farmland, and for the next two centuries five successive generations of the Watson family cultivated the land.
Today, this 265-acre property remains a working family farm. Using innovative sustainable practices, the farm managers continue the tradition of pastoral husbandry, grazing Heritage Red Devon cattle and sheep on the scenic seaside pastures. The farmers produce 100% grass-fed beef and lamb and wool blankets for local markets.
Visitors are welcome to explore the farmland on their own. By following a self-guided walking tour, visitors may explore farm fields with grazing livestock, stroll along the shore, observe wildlife, and view seasonal farm activities. The 1796 house, still used as the farmers' residence, is not open to the public.
Please visit nearby Casey Farm.
Visit Watson Farm
Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday, June 1 - October 15
1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Free for Historic New England members and Jamestown residents. Become a member.
Location and directions
455 North Road
Jamestown, R.I. 02835
Directions detail: Take Route 138 east across Jamestown Bridge. Take Helm St. exit. Turn right onto North Road. The farm is .3 mile on the right. From Newport Bridge, take the first exit. Follow signs to Jamestown. Turn right on Narragansett Avenue. Turn right at light on North Road. The farm is 1.6 miles on the left.
Contact Watson Farm
Contact Watson Farm by e-mail.