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..................... some history:atch Hill is situated on a stubby peninsula
jutting into Block Island Sound
. It includes a smaller peninsula known as Napatree Point
, a 1.5-mile (2.4 km)-long sandy spit
that extends west from the Watch Hill business district, and Sandy Point
, which was once attached to Napatree Point. Both Napatree and Sandy Point shelter Little Narragansett Bay
, which has made Watch Hill a popular harbor around which the business district has grown.
Once occupied by Niantic Indians in the 17th century, European colonists used the area as an important lookout point during the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War, hence the community’s name. Some landmarks in the village include the Watch Hill Lighthouse the first of which was built in 1745, and The Flying Horse Carousel, the oldest continuously-operated carousel in the United States and a National Historic Landmark.
The Hurricane of 1938
caught Watch Hill by surprise and took a terrible toll. On Fort Road,
which connected Watch Hill to the old Fort Mansfield, all the 39 houses,
the Yacht and Beach Clubs, as well as the bathing pavilion were
destroyed. Fifteen people were killed there alone and others survived by
clinging to wreckage as they were swept across the bay to Connecticut.
were created in Napatree Point after the hurricane has passed. To this
day Sandy Point, once the northern extension, remains an island. Google
Earth now shows the northernmost corner of Sandy Point as being in
Connecticut. The shortened Napatree Point is now a barrier beach without
any roads or houses. It is open to the public, and offers great bird
watching and surf casting. The community is a secluded and seasonal
resort community with shopping, a golf and beach club, yacht club and
public and private beaches.
The town is considered a more staid and family-oriented community when compared to glittering Newport, the better-known summer getaway in Rhode Island. 
Bay Street in Watch Hill is lined with shops, restaurants, and
businesses. East Beach and Napatree Point are the main beaches in Watch
Watch Hill is probably most noted for its expensive mansions (most
constructed during the 19th century). The waterfront was once lined with
huge Victorian hotels. However, fire and hurricanes destroyed almost
all during the 20th century. The two remaining hotels, The Ocean House
and the Watch Hill Inn, went through major renovations during the
2000s. The Ocean House was originally opened in 1868, torn down in 2005,
and reopened in 2010. The Watch Hill Inn & Annex now contains
modern residential condos as well.
One point of interest in Watch Hill is the ruins of Fort Mansfield,
an old coastal artillery post situated at the end of Napatree Point. It
was one of a series of such forts constructed to guard the eastern
entrance to Long Island Sound as part of the coastal defense network for
New York City
during the [Spanish-American War]. It was in operation between 1901 and
1909. After closing over the course of several years, the land was sold
in 1926, and all the government buildings were demolished during the
winter of 1928-29. The three concrete gun emplacements have been left
behind, and still remain there to this day.
Some of the fortified gun emplacements of old Fort Mansfield have
survived and while overgrown, offers adventurers tunnels and underground
rooms to explore. Occasionally at low tide some of remains of the
Battery Connell can be seen. As the sea and sand shift, old weapons and
sometimes artifacts from the hurricane are revealed.
Einstein - the Life and Times by Ronald W. C
On May-07-12 at 17:38:42 PDT, seller added the following information: