So you think you know where Watch Hill is? Not so fast. I’m not talking about the village of Watch Hill but the actual hill. Most people assume that the hill called Watch Hill is located where the large white house known as the Holiday House sits overlooking the ocean and the Watch Hill Lighthouse. Today it is owned by singer/songwriter Taylor Swift. I thought so too until I … [Read more...] about Where is Watch Hill?
How did Westerly get its name? Popular wisdom and common sense both dictate that the name was derived from the town’s position as the westernmost point in Rhode Island. Westerly’s geographic position almost certainly was the main reason the name was chosen. There is, however, another possible, albeit lesser-known source. The roots of our town’s name can be traced to South … [Read more...] about Westerleigh: John Crandall and the Origins of Westerly’s Name