Jamestown Town Hall

Narragansett Ave, Jamestown, RI

Jamestown Library

26 North Road, Jamestown, RI


North Road near Weeden Lane

Conanicut Battery

Battery Lane


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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

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From our Online Catalog

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Jamestown Inherited Two Thanksgiving Traditions

Jamestown Inherited Two Thanksgiving Traditions

Thanksgiving is a time to gather and feast with family and friends while pondering past blessings, and archives of the Jamestown Historical Society reveal many of these such good fortunes. A worn document titled “Thanksgiving at the Homestead” chronicles the holiday...

2021 Fall Newsletter

2021 Fall Newsletter

Our Fall 2021 Newsletter is now available for download.  Don't miss the committee reports of all the things that we've been working on while at home. And take a look  at the donations that made over the past year, we value everyone's efforts to keep Jamestown history...

Library Exhibit, October 2021: Boxes and What They Hold

Library Exhibit, October 2021: Boxes and What They Hold

The JHS library exhibit for November displays a collection of boxes designed for many different uses. A tiny round ceramic snuff box used in the 19th century contained powdered tobacco.  A pinch sniffed from the back of the hand would give an instant nicotine rush.  A...

From the Collection – Conanicut Battery

From the Collection – Conanicut Battery

In May of 1776, the Americans hastily built an earthwork battery in a large field on the west side of the Beavertail peninsula on Conanicut Island. British diarist Frederick Mackenzie later described the fortification as a “Battery or Redoubt with 4 embrasures” facing...