Historic Watch Hill dates back to the 17th century when it was once occupied by the Niantic Indians. Watch Hill got its name when the area was used as a lookout point during the Revolutionary War.
Today the community is flush with mansions and luxury homes, yet affordable as a destination location. The Historic Watch Hill business district on Bay Street overlooks the Watch Hill Yacht Club and Little Narragansett Bay. Take a stroll through Watch Hill to browse in over fifty specialty shops, or stop at St Clair Annex for delicious homemade ice cream. Children love riding on the Flying Horse Carousel, the oldest carousel in the country. The sunsets on Bay Street are magnificent and highlight the gracious yachts that fill the harbor.
Watch Hill is home to three beautiful beaches. Napatree Point is a 1.5 mile long stretch of beach where the Atlantic Ocean and Long Island Sound come together. Fort Mansfield sits at the tip of Napatree Point and was once used as coastal defense during the Spanish-American War. Watch Hill Beach is located at the end of Bay Street next to the Carousel and is ideal for families. East Beach is fronted on the Atlantic Ocean with soft sand, waves, and endless walks past the Victorian summer homes of Watch Hill.