Incorporated in 1678 as part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, transferred to Rhode Island in 1746.
The town of Jamestown is located in Newport County, Rhode Island, and is approximately 10 minutes from Newport. Also known as Conanicut Island, Jamestown sits perched at the mouth of the Narragansett Bay. Over the Pell Bridge to the east is Newport and over the Verrazano Bridge to the west is the mainland, Kingston. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the quaint village featuring unique shops and inviting restaurants, or spend the day at the beach, visit a lighthouse or windmill, or explore the historic forts.
Until the Verrazano Bridge, also called the Jamestown Bridge, was built in 1940, the only access to the island was by ferry.