Take a beautiful beach, mix in a dash of history, add in good food and drink, stir in some entertainment, add a Ferris wheel, arcade and carousel and top off with an ice cream parlor. What do you have, maybe a slice of paradise? That’s what Harry Trefes thought almost 100 years ago when he opened the Atlantic Beach Casino. Trefes had a vision of what Misquamicut could and … [Read more...] about Seaside Memories at the Atlantic Beach Park
It's hard to believe that summer is already beginning to wind down, and with the season goes one of Westerly's oldest and most beloved attractions - Water Wizz of Westerly, owned by Mike Kells, which will close its gates after Labor Day this year.Water Wizz of Westerly was originally opened by local dentist Arthur Philips in 1979, but was bought by Mike's father, Raymond … [Read more...] about Slip Sliding Away: The History of Water Wizz of Westerly
Westerly is blessed with almost 10 miles of oceanfront and its beaches are renowned countrywide. In colonial times the Watch Hill and Weekapaug sections were settled in the early 1700s with farmers and fishermen. The stretch between Watch Hill and Weekapaug is now the Misquamicut Fire District which was incorporated in 1915. It is comprised of a thin strip of barrier beach … [Read more...] about What a Pleasant View
???? 2019 Movies Drive-in movies were once an American institution, with 5,000 theaters standing proudly during the 1950s and 60s. Today, fewer than 500 remain, but residents and visitors of Misquamicut are in luck because we can claim one of those exclusive theaters as our own, thanks to the hard work and ingenuity of the Misquamicut Business Association, led by Executive … [Read more...] about Nostalgia No More: Making New Memories at Misquamicut’s Drive-In Theater!
The following is part four in Westerly Life’s “Behind the Murals” series discussing the history behind all the recently created murals throughout downtown Westerly. The New London Steamboat Company Mural discussed below is on the side of the Savoy building and can be best viewed from the intersection of High Street and Canal Street in downtown Westerly and the Shore Line … [Read more...] about For a Time, New London Steamboat and Shore Line Trolley Offered Alternative Transport, Reduced Beach Traffic
In any discussion about the history and settlement of Westerly, the most obvious starting point is the Misquamicut Purchase of 1661. With the purchase of a large tract of land known as Ascomacut/Mishquamicuk, the groundwork was laid for the founding of Westerly. In essence, the history of the area known today as a beach resort, can be divided into three distinct phases: The … [Read more...] about The Three Histories of Misquamicut, 1632-present – Part 1
Summer is such an amazing time to be in Westerly, between the beaches and the shops and the restaurants, there's always something to do and see. With so much going on all around town, we decided to do a quick round up to highlight some really special places and events for kids, families, and adults to check out this season.The Misquamicut Drive In From now through the end … [Read more...] about Westerly’s Summer Bucket List 2018