Jamestown Town Hall

Narragansett Ave, Jamestown, RI

Jamestown Library

26 North Road, Jamestown, RI


North Road near Weeden Lane

Conanicut Battery

Battery Lane

Jamestown Historical Society Cemetery Tour 

Saturday, October 2 at 1pm (Rain date October 3)

Have you ever walked through a cemetery and wondered about the people buried there? Learn about the folks buried in Jamestown’s Cedar Cemetery, laid out in 1861, and the Friends’ Cemetery established in 1710. The oldest grave to be visited is that of Abel Franklin, where an interpreter in colonial dress will tell the story of the 18th century ferryman, farmer, and lighthouse keeper. The tour will visit graves of six 19th and 20th century farmers and teachers, slave owners and slave descendants.

Attendance is limited and pre-registration is required. Each attendee will be assigned to a ten-person group. The groups will each start at a different gravesite. The graveside talks will begin promptly at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 2. Cost is $20 per person, to register and pay by credit card click here.


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

Click to explore the island and get driving directions around town. Take it on the road

From our Online Catalog

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

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...

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...

Library Exhibit, Aug 2021 From the JHS Collection 1912-1925

Library Exhibit, Aug 2021 From the JHS Collection 1912-1925

The August exhibit in the JHS library display case features early gifts to the Jamestown Historical Society’s collection and the people who gave them.  The first object donated to the collection was presented at the second meeting of the society on August 26, 1912, by...

Collecting and Sharing Jamestown History

Collecting and Sharing Jamestown History

In the summer of 1912, Elizabeth Carr Locke, a California-based descendant of Caleb Carr who was in Jamestown for the summer, had 200 posters printed and distributed around the island asking anybody interested in forming a historical society to meet at Town Hall on...