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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From our Online Catalog


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The Bryer Plat

The Bryer Plat

In the mid-19th century, the population of Jamestown was declining. The 1870 census counted only 378 people living here.  Those remaining knew the town would die if nothing were done. In 1873, the town and some of its major landowners formed the Jamestown &...

Library Exhibit, March 2021: eBay Acquisitions: 2015-2021

Library Exhibit, March 2021: eBay Acquisitions: 2015-2021

The Jamestown Historical Society monitors eBay and other auction websites for objects pertaining to Jamestown.  Over the last six years, we have purchased several archives and objects to add to the JHS collection.  The new exhibit in the JHS display case shows some of...

From the Collection – Francis X. West, Jamestown Painter

From the Collection – Francis X. West, Jamestown Painter

Francis X. West was an artist and painting contractor who worked from his Red Elephant Studio on Cole Street. In the JHS Collection is his artist’s palette with images of clouds, gulls, and sailboats. At the bottom of the palette is his autograph, “Frank West...

Jamestown blacks had long history of going out to sea by Peter Fay

Jamestown blacks had long history of going out to sea by Peter Fay

The African-American and Native American community in Jamestown burgeoned during slavery, but it declined precipitously after the Revolution. Nine tenths left in only 50 years. The turbulence of war, the slow demise of slavery and the exclusion from economic...