Jamestown Town Hall

Narragansett Ave, Jamestown, RI

Jamestown Library

26 North Road, Jamestown, RI

Windmill

North Road near Weeden Lane

Conanicut Battery

Battery Lane

 

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Places to Visit


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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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Library Exhibit, September 2021: Hotel Room Keys

Library Exhibit, September 2021: Hotel Room Keys

The September exhibit in the JHS library display case features Jamestown’s many resort hotels and the room keys they used. The earliest full-service hotel was the Bay View, opened by William Knowles, one of the last sail ferry captains, in 1882.  The Gardner (where...

2021 Members Only Preview Party  – And Farm Tour

2021 Members Only Preview Party – And Farm Tour

Because of restraints of the COVID pandemic, this year’s members fundraiser was  a combination of a cocktail party held on August 26 at the lovely 1927 Sarah Cresswell cottage, which had been recently restored and beautifully landscaped, and guided tours of three of...

Ellen Tucker Cottrell

Ellen Tucker Cottrell

Ellen Tucker, the eldest child of Pardon and Sarah Waite Tucker, was born three days after Christmas in 1847 at the Hutchinson farm on North Road. Ellen’s early schooling was in the Jamestown schools, but when she was in her mid-teens, her father sent her away to...

From the Collection – Ships Half Hull Models

From the Collection – Ships Half Hull Models

Behind the circulation desk of the Jamestown Philomenian Library are two square rigged ship half models. The half hull models are on loan to the Library from the JHS collection. They hung for a number of years in the lobby of the Gardner House, a large summer hotel in...