Quonochontaug, Rhode Island

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Quonochontaug, Rhode Island
Babcock House
Babcock House
Quonochontaug, Rhode Island is located in Rhode Island
Quonochontaug, Rhode Island
Quonochontaug, Rhode Island
Coordinates: 41°20′08″N 71°42′30″W / 41.33556°N 71.70833°W / 41.33556; -71.70833Coordinates: 41°20′08″N 71°42′30″W / 41.33556°N 71.70833°W / 41.33556; -71.70833
Country United States
State Rhode Island
County Washington
Town Charlestown
Elevation 322 ft (98 m)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Zip code 02813
Area code(s) 401
GNIS feature ID 1217618[1]

Quonochontaug is a village in Washington County, Rhode Island, United States.[1] It is composed of three small beach communities, and is part of Charlestown.


Quonochontaug is located between the Ninigret Pond and Quonochontaug Pond and their respective barrier beaches, both of which are salt ponds. The communities of West Beach, Central Beach, and East Beach house several hundred residents, mostly in the summers, and many houses are available as summer rentals.

Quonochontaug was a busy and fashionable resort of small hotels and boarding houses in the 19th Century, continuing up until the Great Hurricane of 1938.[citation needed]

Blue Shutters Beach is town-owned and is located at the end of East Beach Road in Quonochontaug. To the east of Blue Shutters, an unpaved road leads to the entrance of the Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge. The area was listed as a census-designated place in the 2010 census.[2]


Quonochontaug was the site of an iron mining operation financed by Thomas A. Edison in the 1880s. Iron particles existed in the form of black sand on the beach and they could be separated out with magnets and melted to produce iron. The venture failed after cheaper iron was later discovered.[3][4]

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In popular culture[edit]

In the TV series The X-Files there are several references to Quonochontaug, related to one of its main characters, Fox Mulder.


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