SAVE the Date! On Sunday, April 30th, we are pleased to announce that Mr. Bruce MacGunnigle, EG Town Historian will lead a Walking Tour through EG. Meet at Courthouse Lane near Main Street Coffee. Reservations are required. Please RSVP to Sue Curado at 884-4643.
Please note that our March meeting will be held on Monday, March 20 at 6:30 PM at The Firemen's Hall. Plenty of parking and a great time!
Local historian Brian Wallin will introduce H.V. Allen, a founder of the Varnum Continentals, at the March meeting of the EGHPSon Monday, March 20th at 6:30 PM.
Howard V. Allen was descended from a Rhode Island founding family and inherited a commitment to patriotism and good citizenship. Mr. Wallin is a writer on Rhode Island history and a contributor to the online journal smallstatebighistory.com.
The meeting begins at 6:30 pm with a potluck supper at the Fireman's Hall located at the end of Queen Street in East Greenwich. Mr. Wallin's program begins at 7:30. There is no fee to attend and our meetings are open to the public. Call Sue Curado at 884-4643 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a seat.
April 17 - Mr. Dan Santos from "Historic New England", the oldest and largest regional heritage organization in the nation will be our speaker.
April 21 - Ocean State Paranormal will reveal their recent findings on their assessment at the Olde Jail. This will be held at the EGHPS on King Street at 7 PM. Light refreshments will be served.
May 15 - Dr. Margaret Ordonez and Susan Jerome from URI's Textiles, Fashion Merchandising & Design Department will speak about quilts.
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History of the
East Greenwich Historic Preservation Society
When the Colonel Micah Whitmarsh House (the Brick House) on Main Street, East Greenwich, was to be razed to make way for a parking lot, a number of the townsfolk foresaw what the future might hold. Already the Old Town Hall had disappeared and a number of lovely old houses had been demolished to make way for the nondescript purposes. The whole character of the town was going to change if this continued.
In 1967 the East Greenwich Historic Preservation Society was formed, primarily to acquire and save the Brick House. The building was refurbished, financed with money obtained from dues, donations, grants and bank loans, and became a working asset of the town.
In 1969 the "Olde Gaol" or "Old Jail" on King Street was scheduled to be torn down or moved to change the traffic pattern on Water Street. The Society rallied in support of the Jail, purchased the structure and it remains on its original site as the Society's headquarters.
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Purchased, restored and sold the Brick House on Main Street
Promoted development of Historic Zoning and Historic Disctrict Commission
Initiated the Quilt show
As part of the Bicentennial Celebration in 1976, sponsored the re-enactment of the 1789 spinning of flax into linen and produced a reproduction Calico used to design a period wedding dress
Designed and created a Town Quilt as a community Project
Purchased the Old Jail for restorations and use by the community
Researched and prepared commemorative plaques for a number of historic homes
Worked with Town officials for restoration of buildings in the downtown area
Published a Legacy of East Greenwich Recipes
Saved the Mathewson Warehouse and the old Frenchtown Baptist Meeting House
Commemorated the 300th Anniversary of the founding of the United States Navy in East Greenwich
Maintained landscapes at selected Historical cemetery sites for many years
Encourage the protection and preservation of buildings, items, neighborhoods, open spaces, and rural environments
Public waterfront access
Sponsorship of programs that foster community growth
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