Rose Island Lighthouse Staff

Executive Director

Brian C. Tefft


Director of Development

Ann Marie van den Hurk


Office Administrator

Ginny Lirio



One Washington Street

Newport, Rhode Island 02840


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PO Box 1419

Newport, Rhode Island 02840


41.4964° N, 71.3416° W


Peaceful, Restorative and Off the Grid.

We spent a week on the island for my wife's birthday. The 18-Acre island consists of the lighthouse, Fort Hamilton Military Barracks, and acres of bird and wildlife refuge.There are 5 rooms available for rent in the lighthouse. We rented the Keeper's Apartment on the 2nd floor which as previously stated is fully furnished. 

We were the "lighthouse keepers" for the entire week. I would recommend this experience highly. You have no assigned duties as lighthouse keepers except to raise and lower the flag daily. However, if you choose to do more, there is always something available to keep the property maintained for visitors and other guests. This could include painting, clearing trash from the beach, cleaning and other light work. 

Staying on the property gives you a chance to totally unwind and relax, as there are no phones, TV or wi-fi. Cell service is available. The lighthouse runs completely off solar power, and a rainwater collection system provides all non-potable water. Drinking water is provided for guests, in addition to linens and towels. Guest bring their own food in coolers. The Keepers Apartment is the only one with refrigeration.

Visiting and staying on the property supports the Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation. This is a non-profit organization whose responsibility is to preserve the historic and environmental integrity of the island and to maintain and operate its lighthouse for public access. The Foundation is the group responsible for restoring the lighthouse from its decrepit condition in 1984 to its current state. Because of the lighthouse's historical significance, restoration was the only logical choice for the property. The lighthouse is a living museum, where each room has been restored and furnished to its original configuration from the late 1800's. Volunteers conduct tours daily between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. The island is accessible only by boat.

I highly recommend staying on property for at least one night or longer. Not only can you experience what life was like in an earlier century, but your stay will continue to support this piece of living history for future generations. Visit the Rose Island website for complete details on all the rooms and the property.


Baltimore, MD

Quaint Lodging on Beautiful Island.

Stayed in the Foghorn room in October. Beautiful room with views of Newport bridge and Fort Adams. Have water sounds all night. The space heater works great, but Island is super breezy. Bring layers if you plan on venturing out. Even with nighttime fire it was chilly. Worth the overnight. Wake up for the sunrise - it’s superb! 

Kristen T.

Boston, MA

Unique Stay.

A great place if your not the Kardashian type. Little dusty and rough around the edges but definitely unique. We loved it and will be back. You can practically fish from the bed at foghorn. Kayaks available and fishing poles.


Brooklyn, NY

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