The Lighthouse Log
November 2001

A publication of Beavertail Lighthouse Museum Association,
PO Box 83, Jamestown, RI 02835-0083 Tel: (401)423-3270
E-mail: info@BeavertailLight,org

President, Linda Warner
Vice President, Hugh Bucher
Secretary, Linda Jacobson
Treasurer, Richard Sullivan

Board of Directors
Laura Brasil
Alan Brunner
Ann Bucher
Agnes Filkins
Frank Meyer
Susan Warszawski

Newsletter Editor
Charlotte Richardson

Jamestown, Rhode Island

Conanicut Island
41° 26’ 58” N 71° 24’ 00” W

From our president…
Right at the start of my term as president, I want to express my thanks to Charlie Auld, Immediate Past President, for all the help he has given me to get started with this very important job.

The Beavertail Lighthouse Museum has closed its doors on another very busy season. Our dedicated group of volunteer docents welcomed more than 14,000 visitors during the summer of 2001.

We send our heartfelt thanks to Jill Meyer, our Docent Coordinator for the great job she did in keeping the Museum manned and (womanned!) throughout the season. This included filling in for many vacant shifts herself – way above and beyond the call of duty!

Much of our financial success can be attributed to our Gift Shop Coordinator, Susan Warszawski. She spends a great deal of time and effort all year long, seeking out just the right items to please our visitors. Thanks! Susan.

We express our sincere thanks to our outgoing Officers and members of the Board of Directors who have reached the end of their terms and were fortunate to find new people willing to help out. They are hard at work already, in the various jobs that need to be carried on.

Alan Brunner continues his excellent job as Public Relations Chair, and takes care of the responsibility of responding to all of the letters and e-mails received. Many come from school children looking for information about Beavertail Lighthouse and Alan responds.

Agnes Filkin has taken on the task of keeping our membership rolls up to date and accurate. Laura Brasil spent a lot of time compiling the number of visitors and where they traveled from to find Beavertail Light.

We hope to see a great many of our members and friends at our Annual Holiday Open House on Sunday, December 2, 2001. It's a very pleasant way to begin your Happy Holiday Season.

With best regards,
Linda Warner, President

So - just how many came to visit?

Lots of people! From lots of places!

Our statistician, Laura Brasil, submitted a compilation of the people who arrived at the Museum throughout the 2001 season.

We are reasonably certain that there were many more who didn't sign the guest log, but following are some of the numbers:

The grand total number of folks who signed in was 14,533 and they traveled from 53 countries around the world – Europe, Asia, North and South America, New Zealand, Australia and the British Isles. They came from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. It’s almost mind-boggling to think about how, in this great big world, they ever found our tiny island and its beautiful Beavertail Park, home of the obviously famous Beavertail Lighthouse.

Not unexpectedly, our largest number were our own Rhode Islanders – 1415 signing in. Our closest neighboring states ranked next – with 773 Connecticut; followed by 605 Massachusetts; 512 New York; and 287 Pennsylvania. And from the far away states – 252 Florida and 237 California. The list goes on, state by state and country by country, too long a list for this newsletter. Laura certainly did her home work.

Don’t miss our Holiday Open House on Sunday, December 2, 2001.

We can’t promise you any more than a lovely setting, delicious homemade goodies, hot beverages to warm you, a glorious view in any direction and a very cordial welcome.
BUT! - last year we had some very unusual and definitely unexpected guests – four whales frolicking and cavorting in the chilly waters off the Point. Needless to say, everyone was thrilled with the presence of these gentle giants and ran out to get a better view and hopefully, some photos. We can’t promise whales again - nobody can say when or even if they might return. It could happen and we wouldn't want you to miss it, if it does. We can promise a pleasant time, either way.

Beavertail Lighthouse
Museum Association
will be at the

Annual Craft Fair
December 1, 2001
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Melrose Avenue School

Look for our table featuring
many of our Gift Shop items


And more All with a seaside flair
Perfect for Holiday gifting

More for your
Holiday Pleasure!

Our Annual Open House
Sunday, December 2, 2001
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Take a step back in time
as we recreate the
warmth and hospitality of Beavertail
Lighthouse as it was in days gone by.

There’ll be
Hot Cider
And a raffle or two.

Come on out and set a spell in an old fashioned atmosphere.