Block Island’s Southeast Light

Block Island's Southeast Light

Block Island is located about 13 miles off the coast of Rhode Island. Only accessible by boat or plane, the easiest way to get there is by ferry from Point Judith, Rhode Island. From there, the ferry crosses the Block Island Sound. Once you reach the island, it is easy to forget you are still in New England. The milky blue salt water slides effortlessly over the snowy white sand unlike that of the somewhat chaotic waves that crash along much of the rest of New England’s rocky coast.

A short, though up-hill, bike ride from the ferry port will lead you to one of two of Block Island’s lighthouses. The Southeast Light (in the photo above) was erected in 1975 and was home to the same keeper family for the first 55 years. Though deactivated in 1990, by the early 90’s it was dangerously only 50 feet from the edge of one of Block Island’s most treacherous bluffs. The Block Island Southeast Lighthouse Foundation was able to raise enough money ($2 million) to move the lighthouse 300 feet away to where it stands today. A trip to this lighthouse is not complete without walking down to the ocean from the top of the bluff. Though quite a hike back up, the views are worth it.