At the end of the previous ice age, which was not the winter of 2010, Jamestown, Rhode Island’s lands formed from the melting glaciers that formed Narragansett Bay, and people began to settle in this area. Somewhere around 1525, the Italian explorer Giovanni de Varrazzano set foot on the shores and a century later fur traders began trading posts, and the town named for King James II began in 1685. This is another historic town that saw a lot of activity during the American Revolution and its militia was seen fighting the British around Narragansett Bay.
There are a variety of things to see, do, and learn about around Jamestown, including:
- An historic site in Jamestown is its windmill that’s 30 foot tall, and was constructed in 1787 as a corn mill. The original was destroyed, and a replica rebuilt operating until the late 1890s, that’s now designated as an Historical site.
- Another interesting site is the Verrazzano Bridge spanning Narragansett Bay on the western side, and links Jamestown to North Kingstown.
- There are a variety of lighthouses in the area including the most famous Beavertail Lighthouse, the Point Judith, Rose Island, and Castle Hill lighthouses that are all historic sites worth visiting.
- Travelers who love the sea will enjoy chartering a boat to just go site seeing around the bay, or venture further out into the ocean for some fishing.
Visitors to Jamestown will have a great time seeing the sites.