Adventure. Innocence. Dysfunction. Passion. Maps. Books. Art. Music. Love. Sex.

Actually, the word “whimsical” doesn’t even begin to describe the romantic summer adventures of our protagonists, Suzy and Sam. Maybe it’s because I grew up in a similar bucolic East Coast town (Ipswich, MA), but there’s something iconic and magical about summers in New England. So, I felt compelled to hunt down the filming locations of Moonrise Kingdom.


Moonrise Kingdom is a love-letter to Rhode Island and an impassioned tribute to childhood crushes, camp adventures, star-crossed lovers, and the sense of fulfillment that comes with following your heart.

Plus, every shot is postcard-worthy.


This beautiful former Jamestown lighthouse was used as the Bishop home exterior. Conanicut Point Light was built in 1886 and is registered as a National Historic Place.

Conanicut Point Light

Some exterior shots were also filmed at the historic Ten Chimney’s cottage in Wisconsin. This was the romantic summer retreat of actors Lynn Fontanne and Alfred Lunt (and was host to such esteemed guests as Helen Hayes, Laurence Olivier, and Vivien Leigh).



The interior of the Bishop family home, built and designed for the film oozes in patterned textures, drama and nostalgia.


The inspiration for the home’s interior comes from Clingstone (AKA “The House on the Rock”) in Narragansett Bay (specifically its interior shingles).



Moonrise Kingdom

Camp Yawgoog in Hopkinton served as the filming location for Khaki Scout Camp (and a few local scouts were used as extras in the film).


Several lighthouses were featured in the film: Point Judith Lighthouse, Narragansett, Castle Hill Lighthouse (and the Bishop’s home is an ex-lighthouse).


Castle Hill Lighthouse RI 2006

But, alas, the iconic lighthouse that Suzy stands on was built in Jamestown specifically for the film.


Ballard Park in Newport, Prudence Island and other spots off Narragansett Bay also served as filming locations. St. Jack’s Church is actually the historic Trinity Church in Newport (on Spring Street).

So, grab a map  and a suitcase of books and explore the magical world of Moonrise Kingdom.

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