Historical Locations

Historical Locations to Visit

Remarkably, America 's smallest state -- Rhode Island -- is one of the nation's wealthiest repositories of historical attractions, boasting one of the highest concentration of the country's National Historic Landmarks.

Visitors will discover that Rhode Island has an abundance of Colonial and Victorian homes, palatial estates reminiscent of the gilded age, and public buildings, the nation's first enclosed shopping mall, the first manufacturing plant in America, a delightful 17th century fishing village, the boyhood home of one of America's finest colonial artists, and two houses of worship which represent the roots of religious freedom in America. Best of all, the state's compact size makes it easy to travel from one historic site to the next -- none is more than an hour from any other, and many are within walking distance of each other.


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The following Historical are listed in order by establishment name. Click on the establishment name for additional details and contact information.

Carpenter's Grist Mill
South County
Water powered grist mill Built by Samuel E. Perry in 1703. Still in operation. Grinding R.I. Whitecap flint corn into white cornmeal for jonny cakes.

Casey Farm
South County
The 300-acre working farm, overlooking Narragansett Bay, is a rare example of one of the original plantation farms of the Colonial era. The farmhouse, (c. 1750), surrounded by fields, barns, high stone walls and a family cemetery, was a site of Revolutionary activity. In cultivation since the time of the Narragansett Indians, today the farm is managed as a community supported farm and is RI Certified Organic. House museum, hiking trails, organic seedlings and produce.

Castle Hill Coast Guard Station
Newport County
Individual visitors and groups welcome by appointment during daylight hours. Contact Officer of the Day.

Cathedral of Saint John, Episcopal
Greater Providence
One of four original Colonial parishes in state, established in 1722. Main building built in 1811, became a cathedral in 1929, and renovated and decorated in 1967. Box pews and communion silver from Queen Anne period. Adjoining graveyard is resting place of many who influenced history of church and state. Burial site of Gabriel Bernon who founded the original chapel.

Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul
Greater Providence
On the site of the first Roman Catholic church in Providence (1838). Renovated, 1968-1972, neo-Gothic Church. Unique Cassavant organ, 6,330 pipes from 6" to 32'. European stained glass windows.

Central Falls Free Public Library/Adams Memorial Library
Blackstone Valley & Northern Rhode Island
A Greek Revival building designed by McLean & Wright of Boston. The library was first organized in 1874 and was known as the Pacific Library Association. The Adams Memorial Library opened its doors on May 2, 1910. The Library exhibits paintings by Lorenzo deNevers, a Central Falls resident who painted two presidents while they were in office, in addition to an autographed painting of Ted Williams. The Children's Room was once used as a meeting place of the Sullivan Ballou Post No. 3, Grand Army of the Republic, made famous in Ken Burns PBS special on the Civil War.

Channing Memorial Church
Newport County
Dedicated to William Ellery Channing, leader of American Unitarianism and anti-Slavery movement. Built largely of porphyritic granite. Stained glass windows by John LaFarge and Donald MacDonald; bronze plaque by Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Church of Julia Ward Howe, author of Battle Hymn of the Republic. Sunday worship, 10 a.m.

Charlestown Historical Society
South County
On the grounds of Cross Mills Public Library. A one-room schoolhouse authentically restored and furnished in 19th century-style.

Chase-Cory House
Newport County
Located in Tiverton 4-Corners National Register Historic District. Built in the late 17th or early 18th century. This 3/4 cape with gambrel roof, now owned by the Tiverton Historical Society, was home to whaling captains and their families, descendants of one of the first of twenty seven freemen listed as original residents of Tiverton. The house and grounds retain many features original to a Colonial village farm including a corn-crib and wash house. Special exhibits throughout the season.

Newport County
Considered one of America's finest examples of lavish Victorian architecture and design. Built for China trade merchant, William S. Wetmore, it was renovated by Richard Morris Hunt in 1872. Noted for its fine examples of Victorian furnishings & stenciled wall papers.

Chepachet Village
Blackstone Valley & Northern Rhode Island
Quaint, rural Rhode Island village. Numerous antique and collectible shops. Job Armstrong Store headquaters of the Gloster Heritage Society, 1181 Putnam Pike, 568-1866. Brown & Hopkins Store (1809) One of the oldest continuously operating country stores in North America. Putnam A16 Chepachet.

Newport County
The Italianate-style villa was designed by architect George Champlin Mason and is a classic example of a Victorian summer cottage. It was the summer residence of the prominent Morris family from New York, which included a signer of the Declaration of Independence. The house contains the Morris' collections, including 19th century landscape paintings by Hudson River School artists.

Clemence-Irons House
Blackstone Valley & Northern Rhode Island
One story, lofted cottage, represents one of less than half a dozen surviving stone-enders in Rhode Island. This type of 17th century architecture is unique to RI. Extensively restored in the 1940's by architect and historic preservation pioneer Norman Isham.

Colonial Theatre
South County
The Colonial Theatre is a non-profit, tax exempt organization founded in 1985 for the purpose of bringing educational programming and theatrical performances to schools and the general public. It has presented admission-free summer productions of William Shakespeare's plays in Westerly's Wilcox Park since 1991.

Colt State Park
East Bay
Picturesque three-mile drive around shoreline of former Colt family estate on east side of Narragansett Bay. Playing fields and picnic areas. Salt water fishing permitted.

Conanicut Island
Newport County
Jamestown offers about 20-miles of rolling landscape over looking Narragansett Bay. 30 acre park.

Coventry Greenway
South County
A converted railway, this five-mile, partially paved greenway is popular with many hikers and bicyclists as a great way to enjoy the great outdoors. Three miles of the trail have been designated as the first Rhode Island segment of the East Coast Greenway, which will span from Maine to Florida.

Crescent Park Carousel (Looff Carousel)
East Bay
66 beautifully carved figures designed c. 1895 by Charles I.D. Looff. The band organ by A. Ruth and Sohn, in neo-baroque style, is carved with moving figures. The finest surviving example of its type in America, the carousel was proclaimed the State Symbol of Folk Art in 1985. Designated as a National Landmark in March, 1987.

Daggett House
Blackstone Valley & Northern Rhode Island
Furnished with unusual period antiques, including Colonial pewter used in Revolutionary War and china owned by Gen. and Mrs. Nathanael Greene and the Daggett Family. Outstanding needlework and furniture. Also, many Civil War articles including several uniforms, and pieces of the Monitor and the Merrimac. Built 1685.

Duck Land & Water Tours
South County
Experience a land and water adventure aboard the authentic WWII Military vehicle, Annie Phibious. Complete ride lasts 60-70 minutes. Reservations needed.

East Greenwich Town Hall
South County
Formerly the Kent County Courthouse and one of five origional state housesused by Rhode Island.Completly restored in 1995.

Edward King House
Newport County
Designed by Richard Upjohn for Edward King, the mansion is considered one of the finest villas of Italianate design in America. Now a Senior Citizen's Center.

Eisenhower House
Newport County
A unique opportunity to visit this pristine location on Newport's Ocean Drive, the "Summer White House" for President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Enjoy spectacular views of Narragansett Bay for your corporate event or a beautiful wedding.

Eleazer Arnold House
Blackstone Valley & Northern Rhode Island
Most ambitious in form and scale of the few remaining Rhode Island stone-enders. The dwelling features a huge chimney as part of its southern wall and important timber framing. This type of 17th century architecture is unique to RI.

Fayerweather House
South County
Authentically preserved 1820 home of the former Kingston Village Blacksmith. 4 rooms, corner beams, central fireplace, Dutch oven, landmark quilt. Surrounded by handsomely lanscaped grounds. Now home of the Fayerweather craft guild offering handcrafted gifts by local artisans.

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