Jamestown Town Hall

Narragansett Ave, Jamestown, RI

Jamestown Library

26 North Road, Jamestown, RI


North Road near Weeden Lane

Conanicut Battery

Battery Lane

Rosemary Enright and Sue Maden have been writing monthly articles on historic subjects for The Jamestown Press since 2012.  They began the series as a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Jamestown Historical Society.  The first 24 articles covered the history of Jamestown.  More recent articles are often triggered by an addition to the society’s collection, a query from the public, or a current event with historic roots.  

We have collected the stories that appeared in 2020 for you to read and enjoy! Check out other publications by the authors on Jamestown  in our Museum Store!

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From our Online Catalog

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Gustavus Adolophus Clarke

Gustavus Adolophus Clarke

Gustavus Adolphus Clarke, known as G. Adolphus, was one of Jamestown’s many descendants of Joseph Clarke, one of the original purchasers of Conanicut Island.  He was born in Jamestown in 1839, eighth of the nine children of David Wright and Sarah Chaffee Clarke.  He...

From the Collection – JHS Business Letterheads

From the Collection – JHS Business Letterheads

  Members of the Jamestown Historical Society who grew up on Conanicut Island or spent their summers here will recognize many of the businesses that are found in the JHS Financial records. The letterheads in the JHS collection are receipts for work completed by...

Library Exhibit, October 2020 Markets and Groceries

Library Exhibit, October 2020 Markets and Groceries

In the late 19thcentuy, Jamestown’s population ballooned and the number of farmers, who grew most of their own food, decreased.  Purchased produce was in demand, and grocery stores proliferated.  By the mid-1980s, regulation and competition had driven most of these...

When Beavertail Closed

When Beavertail Closed

In early Jamestown through the first half of the 20th century, the area that is now Beavertail State Park was a popular fishing ground. As early as 1754, the Newport Colonial Lighthouse Committee had guaranteed a Right of Way to the water around the...