by Mary Dickinson
May 19, 2003
On a hot summer day parking can be horrendous so I asked the sales girl in Champlin's, a local girl, where we could go to eat our lobster. She suggested the lighthouse. To find it she told me to go to Rt 108, just down the road, and follow it south staying left at the fork. We found the lighthouse and two more state beaches as well along the way. One has parking for hundreds of cars and is a sandy beach.
The light was built to warn ships of the danger of ledge under the water and There is a foghorn for fog. The present lighthouse was built in 1857 but there was always a need for a light here and several other lights preceeded this one. The light flashing at particular intervals and colors and the shape and color of the tower tells the sailor he is near Pt. Judith. Next to the Point Judith Light Station is a small town park with picnic tables and a gazebo on a cliff overlooking the ocean. We park here and sit in the car and look out at the sea while we eat our lobster rolls. On a clear day we can look in a northerly direction and see the Newport Bridge over Narragansett Bay. The lighthouse area is fenced off by the coast guard. Occasionally they open the grounds and we're allowed to look around but I have never seen the tower opened to the public.
Its nice to sit in our car on a cold day and watch the surfers in the water below. Dressed in expensive body suits they spend hours in the choppy ice cold water paddling out to sea, then getting on their surf boards and riding the waves back in avoiding the monsterous rocks jutting out of the water. Tumbling into the waves they disappear into the sea and just when you think you should call someone to help they reappear, paddle back out to sea and do it all over again.
Once we were headed toward the lighthouse and just as we reached the area we noticed a road to the right. Being off season we ventured down it. It led to another water front park with a rocky shore. Some people were fishing and one lady had a perfect view of the lighthouse and was painting a beautiful acrylic on canvas. She caught the hundreds of diferent colors of the choppy sea with her brush.
Scarborough Beach is another state park nearby just north of the lighthouse and has lots of parking.
From journal Point Judith Lighthouse