Jamestown Town Hall

Narragansett Ave, Jamestown, RI

Jamestown Library

26 North Road, Jamestown, RI

Windmill

North Road near Weeden Lane

Conanicut Battery

Battery Lane

Black History in Jamestown


Learn about the rich history of Jamestown’s Black community.

Places to Visit


See Jamestown’s historic sites and learn its history through its artifacts

Current Exhibits


Learn about this summer’s museum exhibit and other displays around town

Map of Historic Places


Click to explore the island and get driving directions around town. Take it on the road

From our Online Catalog


Search and view our online catalog of materials in the JHS collections

Harbor View

Harbor View

Click on the images below to see them in our Online Catalog. In 1887, Captain Abbott Chandler, who ran a small boat business, renting rowboats and sailboats from his floating pier south of the East Ferry wharf, hired Charles Bevins to build a boardinghouse for seamen...

137-Year Transformation from Boardinghouse to Condos

137-Year Transformation from Boardinghouse to Condos

Chandler House, later Harbor View, about 1900. From a glass negative. Abbott Chandler, a 30-year-old merchant mariner who had made nine voyages around South America to the Pacific Ocean, arrived in Jamestown about 1880. He began a business renting rowboats and...

Tiny Photos Attached to Larger Documents

Tiny Photos Attached to Larger Documents

Click on the images below to see them in our Online Catalog. The Jamestown Historical Society has more than 11,000 photographs in its collection. Six of these are unique because they are tiny visuals that are attached to larger documents: two postcards, two envelopes,...

Polish couple settles into life at West Ferry

Polish couple settles into life at West Ferry

Antonina and Antoni Piliski at the time of their marriage. Piliski was stationed at Fort Greble on Dutch Island and the couple bought property on Pierce Avenue.Fort Greble on Dutch Island was built on the remnants of a training camp for the Civil War. The...