Jamestown Town Hall

Narragansett Ave, Jamestown, RI

Jamestown Library

26 North Road, Jamestown, RI


North Road near Weeden Lane

Conanicut Battery

Battery Lane

In order to have some sort of historical record of the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on Jamestown, the JHS created the
Postcard Project: Quarantine Quandary – what did you do? Please be a part of this  effort by making a postcard and mailing it in!

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

2020 Spring Newsletter

2020 Spring Newsletter

Our Spring Newsletter is now available for download. See all the great things our members accomplished.  Don't miss the photos of our events and all the committee reports. Look for your name among our list of dedicated volunteers.  Enjoy the catalog of all the...

From the Collection – Films From Our Online Collection

From the Collection – Films From Our Online Collection

  Last fall we launched a new landing page for our Online Collection that highlighted certain categories for searching. One of the new categories we wanted to create was the subject of Film. Efforts to create digital versions of VHS, DVD and early films for...

From the Collection – Fort Dumpling

From the Collection – Fort Dumpling

This fort was erected in 1798-1800 to protect Newport harbor in response to French and British hostilities that culminated in the war of 1812 although it was never used. It was designed and constructed by French-born Louis de Tousard who built Fort Adams on the...

From the Collection – Lena Clark, First President of the JHS

From the Collection – Lena Clark, First President of the JHS

Lena Clarke, one of four history-minded sisters, was the first president of the Jamestown Historical Society.  In 1921, she started the Jamestown Historical Society’s photograph collection with an album of 42 photographs of houses and farms around Jamestown. Almost...