Jamestown Town Hall

Narragansett Ave, Jamestown, RI

Jamestown Library

26 North Road, Jamestown, RI


North Road near Weeden Lane

Conanicut Battery

Battery Lane

The ferryboat Governor Carr on the rocks after the Hurricane of 1938, Jamestown, Rhode Island.  Photo courtesy of the Jamestown Historical Society.

You are invited to a JHS Zoom Webinar
Tuesday, Feb 1, 2022 at 7:00 PM

The Jamestown Historical Society, co-sponsored with the Friends of the Jamestown Library, presents Eric Dolin who will discuss his 2020 award winning book,

 A Furious Sky: The Five-Hundred-Year History of America’s Hurricanes

From the moment European colonists laid violent claim to this land, hurricanes have had a profound and visceral impact on American history. Eric Dolin presents the story of American hurricanes, from the nameless storms that threatened Columbus’ New World voyages, to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, and the escalation of hurricane season as a result of global warming. A work of environmental and cultural history, A Furious Sky changes the way we understand the storms on the horizon of America’s future

 Please register in advance for this webinar:

Places to Visit

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Current Exhibits

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Map of Historic Places

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From our Online Catalog

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

From the Collection – Cookbooks

From the Collection – Cookbooks

In the JHS Collection are examples, spanning almost 200 years, of Jamestowners’ interest in collecting and sharing their favorite recipes.  In 1825 Lydia Ann Gould created handwritten Receipts for Sarah C. Green. In those days the two terms, receipt and recipe, were...

The Jamestown Holiday Season over the Years

The Jamestown Holiday Season over the Years

During the holiday season in the 21st century Christians of many faiths celebrate the birthday of Jesus with Christmas parties and presents.  Jews gather for Hanukkah, the festival of lights. Americans of African heritage express their unity at Kwanzaa. The early...

Library Exhibit, December 2021: Toy Fire Engines and Equipment

Library Exhibit, December 2021: Toy Fire Engines and Equipment

For the December exhibit in the library, the Jamestown Historical Society joined forces with the Valmont “Bucky” Caswell Museum at the Jamestown Volunteer Fire Department to show toy fire engines across the last century. The earliest is a miniature version of the...

From the Collection – Jamestown Verrazzano Bridge

From the Collection – Jamestown Verrazzano Bridge

The initial contract for building the Jamestown-Verrazzano bridge was awarded in December 1984 to Clarke-Fitzpatrick Inc., the lowest of six bidders at $63.9 million. Ground was broken September 26. 1985, and construction began. Estimated time to complete – three...