|Location||Newport County, US|
|Year first constructed||1884|
|Year first lit||1884|
|Foundation||Concrete / Iron caisson on rock|
|Construction||Cast iron with brick lining|
|Tower shape||Conical tower on cylindrical base|
|Markings / pattern||White on black base|
|Tower height||20 metre|
|Focal height||58 feet (18 m)|
|Original lens||4th order Fresnel lens, 1884|
|Range||White sector 7 nautical miles (13 km; 8.1 mi)|
red 5 nautical miles (9.3 km; 5.8 mi)
|Characteristic||Flashing white, 6 seconds|
|USCG number||1-17577 |
|Heritage||place listed on the National Register of Historic Places|
Sakonnet Light Station
Sakonnet Light in 2008
|Nearest city||Little Compton, Rhode Island|
|MPS||Lighthouses of Rhode Island TR (AD)|
|NRHP reference #||83000179 |
|Added to NRHP||February 10, 1983|
The light was deactivated in 1954 after Hurricane Carol and was going to be destroyed, but local citizens protested, and eventually Carl and Carolyn Haffenreffer bought the lighthouse in 1961. Explaining his decision to purchase the lighthouse, Carl Haffenreffer said, "I was afraid someone was going to paint it pink or haul it away for scrap." The lighthouse was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. The Friends of Sakonnet Lighthouse acquired the lighthouse in 1985, and it was reactivated by the United States Coast Guard in 1997. A $1.45 million restoration of the lighthouse it was completed in 2012. The Friends of the Sakonnet Light were awarded the 2012 Rhody Award by the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission for their work.
- Light List, Volume I, Atlantic Coast, St. Croix River, Maine to Shrewsbury River, New Jersey (PDF). Light List. United States Coast Guard. 2012. p. 166.
- "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Rhode Island". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office.
- Rowlett, Russ (2012-10-31). "Lighthouses of Rhode Island". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23.
- "Sakonnet Point Lighthouse - History". Retrieved February 15, 2012.
- Tom Killin Dalglish (November 9, 2011). "Lighthouse Job Nearly Done, Ends for Winter". Sakonnet Times. Retrieved February 13, 2012.[permanent dead link]
- Bruce Burdett (October 5, 2012). "Lighthouse friends, Aquidneck Land Trust are Rhody winners". Archived from the original on May 24, 2014. Retrieved May 23, 2014.
Media related to Sakonnet Light at Wikimedia Commons
- Friends of Sakonnet Lighthouse. Lighthouse pics and info
- D'Entremont, Jeremy. "Sakonnet Point Light - History". New England Lighthouses: A Virtual Guild. Jeremy D'Entremont. Retrieved February 11, 2012.
- Kochel, Kenneth (1994). America's Atlantic Coast Lighthouses: A Traveler's Guide. Clearwater, FL: Betken Publications. ISBN 0-9640765-1-9.
- Bachand, Robert (1993). Northeast Lights: Lighthouses & Lightships, Rhode Island to Cape May, New Jersey. Norwalk, CT: Sea Sports Publications. ISBN 978-0-9616399-4-5.