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New Shoreham, RI (Block Island)

Fun Facts, Real Estate Facts & Things To Do



New Shoreham Rhode Island

  • The town of New Shoreham is located within the boundaries of Washington County.
  • New Shoreham was incorporated in 1672.
  • 2010 Census notes 1,010 people live in this town.
  • New Shoreham is named for Shoreham, Kent in England.
  • Size: 109.5 Sq Miles (9.7 Sq Miles of land & 99.8 Sq Miles of water)
  • Zip Code: 02807
  • Block Island is located 13 miles south of the coast of RI.
  • The Nature Conservancy added Block Island to it's list of "The Last Great Places".
  • Town of New Shoreham Official Website

Real Estate Facts


% of Value



Biz / Personal Prop

$5.34 80% $5.34 $9.75 $5.34

* last assessed in 2012 & has wholesale & retail inventory exemptions

Around Town

Block Island Ferry
  • Official Block Island Ferry Website.
  • Based in Point Judith (Narragansett)
  • The Only year-round ferry to Block Island.
  • Traditional Ferry Service: 55 Minutes each way
  • High Speed Ferry Service: 30 Minutes each way.
  • The ferry transports passengers, passenger vehicles, commercial trucks as well as hipping freight.
  • The Fleet consists of MV Block Island, High Speed Ferry Athena, MV Anna C, MV Carol Jean, MV Nelseco, & MV Manitou.
  • The Block Island Ferry FACEBOOK page.
Block Island North Light
  • The first light on the site was built in 1829.
  • The current structure at Sandy Point is the fourth lighthouse built on the site and was made of granite and iron in 1867.
  • The lighthouse was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.
  • Deactivated in 1973. Relighted in 1989.
  • A wind generator and solar panels provide much of the power for the building.
  • Optics: Seven oil lamps and 16-inch parabolic reflectors (1829); Fourth order Fresnel (1868)

Block Island Southeast Light
  • Construction on the lighthouse began in 1874, after Congress and President Ulysses S. Grant approved $75,000 in funding for the project 2 years prior. Construction was completed in 1875 by T.H. Tynan of Staten Island. The original station was built in the Victorian Gothic style with a 67 feet (20 m) tall octagonal light tower. Connected to the tower is a 2- 1/2 story keepers residence.
  • Architect: US Light House Board; Tynan, T.H.
  • Architectural Style: Gothic.
  • The lighthouse has a museum displaying the original Fresnel lens.

Island Free Library
  • Address: Dodge Street, PO BOX 1830, Block Island RI 02807
  • Phone: (401) 466-3233
  • Island Free Library Website
  • According to the library website, "The Trustees of the Island Free Library, its staff, Friends group and volunteers share a vision of literacy and enrichment for all Block Island residents and visitors alike. All Island Free Library resources- human, financial, material and time- work cooperatively and cohesively to create an institution where all may be educated, entertained, enriched and supported."


New Shoreham Beaches

Beach Name





Charleston Beach Coast Guard Rd / Champlin Rd SITE 401.466.3200 Salt
Fred Benson Town Beach 7 Corn Neck Rd SITE 401.466.7717 Salt
Mansion Beach Off Corn Neck Rd SITE 401.466.3200 Salt
North Light Commission Corn Neck Rd SITE 401.466.3213 Salt