Jerimoth Hill

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Jerimoth Hill
Jerimoth Hill Summit.JPG
Jerimoth Hill Summit
Elevation 811 ft (247 m) NGVD 29[1]
Prominence 192 ft (59 m)[1]
Listing U.S. state high point
Jerimoth Hill is located in Rhode Island
Jerimoth Hill
Jerimoth Hill
Rhode Island
Location Foster, Rhode Island, US
Coordinates 41°50′58″N 71°46′43″W / 41.8495431°N 71.778681°W / 41.8495431; -71.778681Coordinates: 41°50′58″N 71°46′43″W / 41.8495431°N 71.778681°W / 41.8495431; -71.778681[2]
Topo map USGS East Killingly, CT
Easiest route Highway (RI 101)

Jerimoth Hill (812 ft, 247 m) is the highest natural point in the U.S. state of Rhode Island. Jerimoth Hill is located in Providence County in the town of Foster, near the Connecticut border.

The highpoint was donated to Brown University by Walter Raymond Turner, a Brown alumnus of the class of 1911. In 1938 he purchased the saltbox house to the west and the surrounding 360 acres (150 ha). Turner provided a right of way, straight north from the highpoint to Route 101, though eventually it became overgrown.

Brown University has used Jerimoth Hill, as an astronomy observatory location for decades, and they utilize their ease of access to this land-locked parcel to view the heavens without light pollution from Providence, R.I. The high ground has been cleared of pine trees for about a 200 square feet (19 m2) area. The highpoint is a rocky outcrop in the woods on the northwest edge of the clearing. A register is located in a mailbox for visitors to sign.[3]

Highpointers once considered Jerimoth Hill less accessible than Mount McKinley as the only access was heavily posted against trespassing. In June 2005, Jeff and Debbie Mosley bought the property and a path was cleared with the help of volunteer highpointers. The summit, now owned by the state,[4] is open every day, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. local time.[5]

The Jerimoth Hill sign along Route 101 at the entrance to the path to the actual highpoint

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  1. ^ a b "Jerimoth Hill, Rhode Island". Retrieved 2010-04-08. 
  2. ^ "Jerimoth Hill". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2010-04-05. 
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  4. ^ "Rhode Island Buying Jerimoth Hill summit". Retrieved 2012-11-10. 
  5. ^ "Jerimoth Hill". Retrieved 2012-11-10. 
  • To The Top: Reaching for America's 50 State Summits, Joe Glickman and Nels Akerlund, Northword Press, 2003, ISBN 1-55971-871-4.