Westerly is one of the quaintest towns in all of Rhode Island. The downtown architecture is quite unique, and worth stopping in our small town to see. All of the buildings I describe surround Wilcox Park, the center of Westerly.
The town Hall is made of Westerly Granite, one of the finest grades of granite available in the USA.
Westerly Public Library, built to commemorate the Civil War veterans, opened its doors in 1894 through the initiative of local industrialist-inventor, Stephen Wilcox. The architecture is unique in its shape, like an armory, and the use of red and yellow brick.
The Westerly post office is a Greek Revival post office from the 1900 to 1925 Period
The Christ Church of Westerly is next to town hall and across the street from Wilcox park.. During the summer concert, the church bells provide the background for the 1812 overture.
Elm Street ends at Christ Church. Like Elm street in many old towns, this one has all of the old white Victorian mansions that are so typical of New England towns.
There are several good places for fishing in Westerly, especially during the Fall Striper and Blue Fish migration.
The first place is the Beach at Misquamicut. There are five miles of beach to fish from. You should go after Labor Day when the tourists leave. Just look for the schools eating the bait and the birds above taking advantage of the bait on the surface.
Watch Hill - Go to the land surrounding the lighthouse. This area produces the best consistant fishing in Westerly. You will see a sign on the road to the lighthouse that claims the road is private. Ignore the sign. It is only local property owners trying to keep the tourists out.
Weekapaug Breachway, the breachway into the coastal pond is located at the east end of Misquamicut Beach.
Weekapaug beachs are patrolled by local security people dressed as cops in the summer. They all go away after Labor Day. These beaches produce some of the biggest Bass taken in the local surf.
The Westerly town park is a botanical wonder. It has, I think, over 40 varieties of trees. At the beginning of the summer, there is a Summer Pops concert with local composer/conductor George Kent. It includes a great fireworks display, with cannons and church bells with the concluding 1812 overture.
In the winter it is a great place to take the kids sledding.
Westerly Airport is the home to two TA-6 aircraft from World War II. The one owned by Mark Stevens is available for flights around the local area. In a typical half hour flight you can see the surrounding area from Mystic Seaport to Point judith, operate the controls on a real warbird and buzz the field a few times.
Misquamicut beach is the first saltwater beach that is not in Long Island Sound as you head north from New York. The water is clear and cool and the beach is sandy. It is a perfect New England beach.
Be sure to bring your Boogy Board. They are allowed at this beach!