"Peaceful Jamestown Island" Jamestown by Pawtuxet

Jamestown Travel Guide: 22 reviews and 47 photos

Retaining history, open space, and natural beauty

Jamestown is a small island which most travellers drive across to get to Newport. New Yorkers come from I95, over the Jamestown bridge, across the little island to the Pell Bridge and plunk! You're in Newport. When I was a kid you had to take a ferry from Jamestown to Newport. When they built the Pell Bridge, the folks in Jamestown made sure the new roadway took you from one bridge to the other without encouragement to stop along your way. They are not interested in lots of tourists disturbing the quiet character of the island.
And yet, if you are truly interested in visiting one of their visitor's attractions, you find your way through small quiet roads often lined with fields, woods, beaches, and older homes....to absolutely picture perfect destinations.
We visited Watson Farm and the Jamestown Windmill this time, so that is my focus for this page until I get back to photograph their other interesting sites.
Prepare to kick back, relax, drive slowly, and wallow in Mother Nature for a while.

Watson Farm

Watson Farm is a 1796 working family farm featuring heritage-breed cattle, sheep, hayfields and pastures. There is an original early farmhouse where a family lives, farms the land, and helps preserve the heritage of the old place. What a visit....especially on sheep shearing day which was when we were there.
They had activities for the kids, light snacks, weavers and vintage farm equipment. Families came out to enjoy the day which had warmed considerably since the morning hours.

  • Last visit to Jamestown: May 2008
  • Intro Updated Jul 9, 2015
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  • blueskyjohn's Profile Photo
    Jul 9, 2015 at 4:07 AM

    Nice page Janet! I enjoyed reading about the farm and scenery. Thanks for the tour!

    • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
      Jul 9, 2015 at 4:24 AM

      Thanks for visiting my Jamestown Island page. There is so little precious farm land left here. It makes what we have all the more special. Thankfully Historic New England has preserved some of these wonderful historic farms. Hope you'll visit one day.

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Jul 3, 2009 at 12:33 PM

    >>Cows with strange markings. What do you mean, I have not seen anyhting unusual on the photos (but VT does not allow acurate photos). I love old agricultural engines and sure they are great for kids!

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    May 18, 2009 at 1:37 PM

    Nice natural page on all things I like :) Glad to hear the sheep dog got a day off!!

  • terible22's Profile Photo
    Nov 1, 2008 at 9:12 PM

    Looks like a wonderful place! Nice photos!

  • tiabunna's Profile Photo
    Sep 5, 2008 at 5:35 AM

    Such a peaceful and untouched corner so near a major city! A very enjoyable page. I'd also identify the cows as Belted Galloways, an old Scottish beef breed.

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Jul 11, 2008 at 5:28 PM

    Wonderful look at these old farms--I'd love to have a small farm. Nice pictures and nice page altogether, Janet!

  • Stephen-KarenConn's Profile Photo
    Jun 19, 2008 at 5:34 AM

    I love visiting living museums like this, complete with heritage breeds of livestock. The cows are probably either Dutch Belted or Belted Galloway cattle - older breeds which pre-date the modern hybrids.

  • Bunsch's Profile Photo
    May 21, 2008 at 3:06 PM

    Hey -- finally got over here to read and rate! Maybe we should meet at Simpatico this spring?

  • Luchonda's Profile Photo
    May 17, 2008 at 7:18 AM

    Must be a paradise for children, parents and grand parents. Out of the city, smell nature and farm live. I love your pics of the mill. Thx for sharing

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    May 14, 2008 at 10:02 AM

    Great additions. You are right, Janet. Sabrina and Brandon [especially Sabrina] would have enjoyed Jamestown. Great photographs, my dear.


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