Monday, November 27, 2017

Watch Hill

Watch Hill is a wealthy residential community built on glacial high ground near the southwestern tip of Rhode Island. There are a couple of hotels, including the Ocean House. There's a lighthouse perched on a narrow promontory that extends south from Watch Hill into Block Island Sound. This little point of land must largely isolate Misquamicut Beach to the east from Napatree Point to the west (next post).


There are many very large homes on Watch Hill, but the most prominent (probably not the largest) is perched high above the beach east of the lighthouse. From the water, what stands out is the degree to which it has been fortified. Not only does it have a massive rock revetment at beach level (most of the beach is buried beneath the revetment, making it a bit of an obstacle at most tides), but the rock work extends on up to the top of the hill. The owner probably doesn't actually see this - unless they're down at the beach trying to figure out how to get home. And she probably doesn't spend much time here, what with new album (Reputation) and preparing for an upcoming concert tour.
Call it what you want, but I thought it was a little excessive.

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