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 about Jamestown  in our Museum Store!

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From our Online Catalog

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A Civil War Veteran Reports

A Civil War Veteran Reports

In honor of Veterans Day, we are excerpting a Civil War veteran’s story, edited by Rosemary Enright and Sue Maden. Three days after the first military action of the Civil War, the assault on Fort Sumter, NC, on April 12, 1861, President Lincoln called for 75,000...

Library Exhibit, October 2020 Jamestown Lighthouses

Library Exhibit, October 2020 Jamestown Lighthouses

From colonial days till the present, aids to navigation – lighthouse, foghorns, buoys, lightships – have warned mariners of the risks ahead as they entered Narragansett Bay.  Jamestown itself was home to four lighthouses, two on Conanicut Island, one on Gould Island...

From the Collection – We Vote in Jamestown!

From the Collection – We Vote in Jamestown!

Our online collection has many items from 1763 to 2020 describing the votes and voters of Jamestown.The handwritten document is a list of freemen of Jamestown who voted for the governor and general officers of the colony of Rhode Island in 1763. The list is followed...

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...