Jamestown, Rhode Island
Historic Jamestown village is located on Conanicut Island, which sits in the mouth of Narragansett Bay. Settled in 1657, it has a long agrarian history that began with the Narragansett tribe. The central corridor of the island is still dominated by active working farms. The village itself is nestled on the waterfront at the site of the old ferry boat landing, now a thriving marina. At the harbor, one can still find a small ferry boat service in the summertime. This is a wonderful method to explore the bay, Rose Island, and an adventurous way to get to Newport.
In addition to the many restaurants and shops in the downtown area visitors will find the Jamestown Historical Society and a great playground next to the Jamestown Library. A little further out of town, make sure to visit the historic windmill, and at the southern tip of the island, the historic lighthouse, and spectacular rocky coast at Beavertail State Park.
Historic Newport is just a short hop over the Newport/Pell bridge with a vast array of shops, restaurants, and mansions. To the west, over the Jamestown/Verrazano bridge, is the birthplace of famous early American artist Gilbert Stuart, now the Gilbert Stuart Birthplace Museum, and Smith's Castle, the site of Roger Williams' early trading post.