Encompassing the entirety of Conanicut Island, Jamestown is a peaceful, pastoral town evoking Rockwellian charm. A close-knit community with plenty of room to roam, Jamestown enjoys a rich history with reflections of the past evidenced by century-old homes peppered amid modern masterpieces.
A summertime playground for Philadelphia society in late 1800s, Jamestown had previously been an agricultural settlement of English colonists and before that, the fertile lands of Narragansett Indians. The close bond the town enjoys with its easterly neighbor, Newport, was strengthened in 1675 by the establishment of the first ferry service between the two.
Today, Jamestown’s commercial center remains small by design. Aptly-named Narragansett Avenue is where you’ll find cozy eateries, quaint shops and locally-owned businesses while Conanicus Avenue gives way to the Town Pier, boat ramps and Town Beach at East Ferry (and the nine-hole Jamestown Golf Course).
Beavertail State Park and Fort Wetherill State Park epitomizes Jamestown’s natural beauty while locals enjoy scenic bike paths, kayaking about the salt marshes or popping by a farm stand or seafood shack. In the fall, Jamestown enjoys some of Rhode Island’s most spectacular foliage, arguably best displayed at Watson Farm, a 265-acre working family farm since 1789.
Located in a highly rated public school district, Jamestown is connected to the mainland at North Kingstown (via the Jamestown Verrazzano Bridge) and Newport to the east (over the Newport Pell Bridge).