April 05, 2014 – As of today this property has not been sold. See the table below of Pricing History from Zillow. It seems it is overpriced, by a lot!
1 Poplar Avenue, North Kingstown, RI 02852
4 Full Bath(s)
1 Half Bath(s)
America’s oldest wooden lighthouse! Built in 1831 and set on breathtaking Wickford Harbor,this iconic RI landmark is now one of it’s most admired waterfront estates. Casually elegant 4 bedroom main house,3 bedroom guest house,pool,new dock. Magical. – Residential Properties Ltd.
Take a look at the photos of the interior of the house on the website. What a fantastic place to live, and only just under $6.5 million! Let me know if you buy it!
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1 Poplar Avenue
North Kingstown, RI 02852
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One Poplar Point was the crowd-pleasing winner of the 2012 Doory Award from HGTV for best non-traditional house.
Want to live in a home that “breaks the mold”? North Kingstown’s Poplar Point Lighthouse was crowned the “Best Nontraditional” home in the 2012 Doory Awards, a competition on HGTV’s FrontDoor.com. The contest celebrates America’s best homes for sale and spanned over four weeks on the popular Web site during the month of April.
And it’s for sale.
HGTV’s Doory Awards
Properties were divided into 20 categories, and the public was asked to pick their favorite in each group. FrontDoor.com editors scoured more than 4 million listings and reviewed submissions from real estate agents to choose the nominees for the 20 categories of the Doory Awards. Poplar Point was one of 10 nominees chosen in the Nontraditional, or out-of-the-ordinary, category, where it was voted “Best”, getting 18,898 votes out of 120,539 (15.68%). The competition for “Favorite Overall Home and Outdoor Space” ended on May 11th, and the results came out on May 17th, with a house in Kamuela, Hawaii (you can’t beat that location) earning the title.
Poplar Point Lighthouse
Still, the Poplar Point Lighthouse is one of the coolest homes ever. It was built in 1831, and was used to protect Wickford Harbor until it was decommissioned in 1882. The octagonal tower is the oldest wooden lighthouse in America. The original building included a 40 feet by 20 feet stone dwelling, but a large addition was built onto the structure in the early 1900s, creating a Y shape. Set on 1.7 waterfront acres, the home is 4,600 square feet and has retained the nautical character of the original lighthouse. The current owners of this landmark property have extensively renovated the structure and its adjacent four-bedroom residence, which features a screened-in porch, a wood-paneled office and a breakfast room. The property includes an observation deck, waterfront terraces, and an in-ground swimming pool, as well as a dock and a three-bedroom guesthouse.
Want to buy Poplar Point Lighthouse? Check in with Judy Chace of Residential Properties Ltd. It’s her listing.
Poplar Point Light
Wickford, Rhode Island
Wickford’s cozy, protected harbor, off the west side of Narragansett Bay, developed as a shipping point for goods from the area’s large plantations. Foreign trade from Wickford also blossomed, before the Revolution and again in the early 1800s. The harbor’s wharves were thick with sloops and schooners, many of them built at local shipyards.
An octagonal wooden lighthouse tower, 10 feet in diameter and rising 8 feet above the ridge of the house, was to be erected at one end of the building. It was to be topped by a wooden deck, covered with copper, and an octagonal iron lantern.
Contractor Charles Allen was hired to build the lighthouse at a cost of $1,889, and it was completed before the end of the year. Winslow Lewis furnished the original lighting apparatus, consisting of eight lamps and eight 14-inch reflectors, for $375. A local man named John Stevens supervised the construction of the lighthouse, and he reported on Lewis’s visit in a letter dated October 13, 1831. Stevens complained that the apparatus installed by Lewis was incomplete. Lewis told the workers that the missing parts were “not in his contract.”
The light went into service on November 1, 1831, with the focal plane of the fixed white light 48 feet above the water. Samuel Thomas, Jr. was appointed as first keeper at a yearly salary of $350. He had been recommended for the position by a Judge Sanford, who described him as “an honest and capable man” who had always been “a firm Republican of the Jefferson school.” Thomas remained until 1849, when James Reynolds succeeded him.
Lt. George M. Bache examined the lighthouse for his important survey of 1838. Bache pointed out that the light wasn’t needed for navigation in Narragansett Bay. “Its utility, therefore,” he wrote, “may be very nearly measured by the service it renders the trade of North Kingstown or Wickford.” Bache reported that in 1838 there were 15 vessels engaged in trade belonging to the port of North Kingstown, and five vessels engaged in the cod fishery. Bache stopped just short of recommending that the light be discontinued:
Bache reported the lamps in good order and the dwelling in good repair. An 1850 inspection praised Keeper James Reynolds (“Keeper is a new one, and I think a pretty good one”), who had arrived a year earlier, but found that the house needed whitewashing. In 1855, a sixth-order steamer lens and Argand oil lamp replaced the earlier multiple lamps and reflectors.
The 1868 annual report of the Lighthouse Board recommended the installation of a new lantern, the lining of the lighthouse tower, and several other improvements. Entrance to the tower was through a bedroom that had no window; it was recommended that a dormer window be added. On July 15, 1870, Congress appropriated $12,300 for repairs at four lighthouses, including Poplar Point. The improvements were implemented by the time the annual report of 1871 was released.
By 1880, the Lighthouse Board decided that a light located 200 yards offshore from Poplar Point, at Old Gay Rock, would better serve the ferries and other traffic. With the establishment of the new Wickford Harbor Lighthouse on November 1, 1882, the old light at Poplar Point was permanently darkened as an aid to navigation. On October 15, 1894, the government sold Poplar Point Lighthouse at public auction. The buyer was Albert Sherman at a high bid of $3,944.67.
You can read much more about this lighthouse in the book The Lighthouses of Rhode Island by Jeremy D’Entremont
Keepers: (This list is a work in progress. If you have any information on the keepers of this lighthouse, I’d love to hear from you. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Anyone copying this list onto another web site does so at their own risk, as the list is always subject to updates and corrections.)
Samuel Thomas, Jr. (1831-1849), James Reynolds (1849-1854), Abram B. Green (1854-1859), Samuel A. Spinks (1859-1861), John Hull (1861-1874), Henry F. Sherman (1874-1882)
Last revised 12/22/11
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