Jamestown is a beautiful, secluded town located on Conanicut Island, just east of Newport. It’s well-known for its iconic Beavertail Lighthouse and miles of waterfront properties across the entire island. Jamestown is a tight-knit community with a small population. The downtown and harbor area has great seafood restaurants, gift shops, and walkable amenities. It’s also very accessible to Newport and the South Shore (just across the bridge on either side of the island). Jamestown has the second lowest residential tax rate in Rhode Island, making their waterfront properties some of the best available in the state. Plus, the views of Narragansett’s East and West passages are incomparable!
According to Realtor.com, in January 2023, the median listing home price in Jamestown, RI was $1.1M, trending up 27.7% year-over-year. The median listing home price per square foot was $726. The median home sold price was $1.2M.
* Tax rate based per thousand - Sources: United States Census Bureau. 2020 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey Office. Web. 17 March 2022. & Realtor.com
There are places to shop locally in Jamestown, but you won’t find any large retail stores on the island. This is by design, of course — Jamestown residents like to keep things simple and quaint (classy, you might say). If you live here and want to hit a couple retailers, you’ll only have to travel across either bridge to North Kingstown or Newport. Both areas have plenty of options. That said, you can find grocery and general items at McQuade’s Grocery or shop around at some of the great gift shops in town center. Check out The Purple Door, Curiosity and Co, TWC home, All Ashore Cottage Outfitters. Outdoor enthusiast shouldn't miss Wax Buddy.
A 9-hole golf course originally built in 1898 (one of the oldest public courses in the country!) and open to the public. For the occasional or even seasoned player, this is one of the better 9-hole courses in New England. There is a practice green available and a full-service restaurant and bar (The Caddy Shack).
A Beautiful little gem of a beach on your way to Beavertail. Residents love to snorkel here because the natural landscape and position of the beach protects from high waves and rip tides. You can usually walk out 50 yards before the water reaches your waist. Very unique spot worth exploring
Jamestown has its own little thriving dining scene. Right along Narragansett Boulevard and North Road you’ll find more than a dozen restaurants, cafes, and bars. For such a small place, the selection is surprisingly wide, too. You can can get traditional BBQ, seafood, Italian, old fashioned delis, ice cream shops, and more. If you’re looking for live music, stop by the Narragansett Café (known as “the Ganny”) for local and touring musicians on Friday and Saturday nights. The Ganny is a destination spot for blues music and host some of the best blues musicians in New England on a regular basis.
The Beavertail outlook marks the exact point where Narragansett Bay ends and the Atlantic Ocean begins. Here you’ll have some of the best views and vistas of the New England coastline. It’s a great spot for sightseeing and is open for saltwater fishing throughout the year. Be sure to check out the Beavertail Lighthouse Museum to learn about Jamestown’s maritime history and see preserved artifacts. There are also a few walking trails along the rocky shore to each outlook space.
A 22-acre open space park just off Beavertail Road and home to the Connecticut Battery Fort (built in 1776). Every year the Jamestown Historical Society hosts their Battery Day Festival here. It’s open daily from sunrise to sunset and is a nice place to relax and enjoy the scenery.
Sitting high atop the granite cliffs on the southern tip of Conanicut Island, this park was once an artillery fortress during the Revolutionary War and both World Wars. Since 1972, it’s been a multi-use recreational space open to the public. The area is also a major attraction for scuba diving, group picnicking, boating, fishing, hiking and exploring on the park’s 61.5 acres of property.
The Jamestown School Department consists of two schools: Melrose Elementary School and Lawn Middle School. Once students reach the high school level, parents can choose to matriculate their kids into North Kingstown High School or Narragansett High School. Public bus transportation is provided by the school department for both high schools to and from the island. Between the two schools in the department, Jamestown serves approximately 500 students per year with 56 teachers. For more detailed information, please visit their website
These are some of the top-rated public schools in Jamestown based on a variety of measures, including academic performance and equity. Find out more about GreatSchools ratings.
Jamestown is essentially an island, so there are fairly limited options for getting in, out, or around town. Route 138 connects Jamestown to Newport (via Newport Bridge) and North Kingstown (via Jamestown Bridge) on either side. It’s a very high-traffic highway because it’s the main way for travelers to cross Rhode Island from South County to Newport County. Route 138 has two exit points and on-ramps in Jamestown — Helm Street / Beacon Avenue on the west side and East Shore Road on the east side.
Beavertail Road: crosses over Mackerel Cove to the Beavertail portion of the island. It’s the only main road that will take you to Beavertail State Park and the lighthouse & museum.
East Shore Road / Conanicus Ave: runs along the eastern shore of Jamestown along the northern portion of the island and connects to Conanicus Ave below the Rt. 138 express way. Continues south through Jamestown Harbor and ends at Fort Wetherill State Park.
North Main Road: runs directly through the middle of Jamestown north to south. It’s the easiest and fastest way to travel to town center from the northern end of the island. It also connects nearly every neighborhood besides the Beavertail portion of Jamestown.
Distance to T.F. Green Airport: 23.3 miles
For more information on Jamestown community events and government departments, please visit the official website