Sunday, November 22, 2015

Encore of Watch Hill: Portrait of a New England Seaside Village

Watch Hill is not a place you can visit just once. It becomes a state of mind. It is a place that enchants and inspires you all year long. Now, a new documentary captures the essence of Watch Hill's charm.

Rhode Island PBS presents the encore of Watch Hill: Portrait of a New England Seaside Village on Thursday, December 10 at 8 p.m. in a special presentation that includes segments recorded at the Ocean House.

Perched high on the bluffs of Watch Hill, the Ocean House is an iconic New England seaside resort, the first and only Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five Diamond Hotel in the state. Famously known for its warm yellow fa├žade and stunning views of the Atlantic, Ocean House opened in 1868 just after the Civil War. It was completely rebuilt in 2004 after having fallen into disrepair, and incorporates more than 5,000 artifacts salvaged from the original building.

Watch Hill: Portrait of a New England Seaside Village documentary is based on the book, Watch Hill Through Time, the Watch Hill Conservancy's history of Watch Hill, written by Chaplin B. Barnes. The beautifully filmed documentary takes a look at the strong and enduring sense of community in southern Rhode Island's Watch Hill.

Located on a peninsula, at the most southwesterly point of Rhode Island, the community of Watch Hill is surrounded by the sea on three sides. It is the point where three states meet: Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New York. Watch Hill is scenic 12 months of the year.

Watch Hill: Portrait of a New England Seaside Village traces the area's history as a look-out point for Native Americans, and allows viewers to explore and appreciate the beauty of this coastal village.

The film also features vivid reminiscences of residents who, for generations, have summered, lived, worked, and come of age in the picturesque seaside village.

The documentary was made possible through a grant from the Alfred M. Roberts, Jr, Charitable Foundation and The Watch Hill Conservancy.

Updated November 23, 2015 and December 1, 2015