Jamestown Historical Society

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Anderson's Dairy Truck

Conanicut Island Dairies

Alfred W. Bowser, a wounded Canadian World War I veteran, came to Jamestown in 1929 as the farm manager of Cajacet (also known as the Thomas Paine House). Bowser was in the dairy business seven years until 1944 when he sold the dairy to John M. Anderson, a former state trooper.

Jamestown’s History Can be Told Through the Quahog Shell

Indigenous people in Jamestown buried their loved ones with decorated quahog shells as long ago as 1400 BC, according to discoveries by archaeologist William Simmons.

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Dan in Real Life 2007-005-001
An Island Economy: Jamestown Businesses
Land Agreement Document
Jamestown in the Resort Era
Rhode Tour App: Jamestown Forts

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