Galilee, Rhode Island

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Point Judith ferry dock

Galilee is a fishing village within the town of Narragansett, Rhode Island, USA, on Point Judith. It is across the harbor from Jerusalem, Rhode Island. The village is named after the fishing village of Galilee, the hometown of Jesus according to the Bible.


The town received its name "[i]n 1902, the story goes, Thomas Mann a fisherman from Nova Scotia who had settled here, felt the village that had sprung up with its fishing shacks should be called Galilee, after the fishing village of biblical times. One day, an old timer sat on the docks repairing his nets when a stranger called out to him, "Where am I". The answer was "Galilee". "And what is that?" the stranger asked pointing to the other side of the channel. The old timer thought for a minute, nodded his head and replied, "must be Jerusalem". And so the name of Galilee and Jerusalem have been used since to denote a most picturesque part of Rhode Island."[1]


Coordinates: 41°22′38″N 71°30′37″W / 41.37722°N 71.51028°W / 41.37722; -71.51028