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Watson Farm

455 North Road, Jamestown, RI 02835

Before European settlement, Native Americans occupied Conanicut Island, clearing the land and planting crops. The resulting grasslands attracted colonial farmers for pasturing their sheep and cattle. In 1789, Job Watson purchased a piece of this rich farmland, and for the next two centuries five successive generations of the Watson family cultivated the land.

Today, this 265-acre property remains a working family farm. Using innovative sustainable practices, the farm managers continue the tradition of pastoral husbandry, grazing Heritage Red Devon cattle and sheep on the scenic seaside pastures. The farmers produce 100% grass-fed beef and lamb and wool blankets for local markets.

Visitors are welcome to explore the farmland on their own. By following a self-guided walking tour, visitors may explore farm fields with grazing livestock, stroll along the shore, observe wildlife, and view seasonal farm activities. The 1796 house, still used as the farmers' residence, is not open to the public.