Native American tribes, Revolutionary War heroes, legend-
ary shipwrecks, and its emergence in the late 1800s as one of
New England's premiere summer attractions.
mansard-roofed building, the Historical Society houses an
extensive collection of furniture, textiles, quilts, oral histo-
ries, fishing gear, tools, and Native American artifacts. Then
head to Isaac's Corner, at the intersection of Center Road,
Lakeside Drive, and Cooneymus Roads. Named for the
island's last full-blooded Native American, who died in 1886,
it is near the Indian burial ground and the stone monument
erected just last year in honor of the Manissean Indians.
who lived there with his wife Nell in the 1920s. His song
"Smilin' Through" is named for his Block Island home.
of legend, others remain accessible for sport divers. Among
the legendary is the Princess Augusta, which inspired John
Greenleaf Whittier's 1867 poem "The Palatine."
lighthouses. The North and Southeast Lighthouses have
achieved iconic status, revered for their historic significance
and as symbols of the community spirit that has allowed
them to be restored and preserved.
just 50 feet from the cliff's edge. Islanders banded together
to save the beloved structure, raising nearly $2 million in
federal and private grants, and donations to move the Na-
tional Historic Landmark 245 feet back from the bluff.
restored and re-lit, and its small museum renovated.