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June Exhibit in Town Hall: Catharine Morris Wright: Artist, Author, Philanthropist

Kit Wright, as she was known to everyone, was born in Philadelphia in 1899. She died at Fox Hill Farm in 1988.
Anderson's Dairy Truck

Conanicut Island Dairies

Alfred W. Bowser, a wounded Canadian World War I veteran, came to Jamestown in 1929 as the farm manager of Cajacet (also known as the Thomas Paine House). Bowser was in the dairy business seven years until 1944 when he sold the dairy to John M. Anderson, a former state trooper.

Jamestown’s History Can be Told Through the Quahog Shell

Indigenous people in Jamestown buried their loved ones with decorated quahog shells as long ago as 1400 BC, according to discoveries by archaeologist William Simmons.

2024 Spring Newsletter

Our Spring 2024 Newsletter is now available! Read now to stay up to date with the Jamestown Historical Society!

JHS Revamps Website to Enhance Accessibility and Engagement 

The Jamestown Historical Society launched a redesigned website, ushering in improved accessibility, interactivity, and community engagement.
JOHN C. REMBIJAS

John C. Rembijas

John C. Rembijas was born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island in 1916, his parents having immigrated from Poland.
George-Whitely

George Whitley, Rhode Island Jonnycakes

George Whitley spoke about the history of this special corn and the milling of it, and he made jonnycakes with flint corn for all attendees to enjoy.
crock

Ceramic Pot

This small ceramic pot with its lid is believed to have come across the bay in the house that became the Bay Voyage hotel.

April Exhibit in Town Hall: Some of Our Favorite Things

The April 2024 exhibit features objects in the JHS collection that are seldom exhibited.
Connie Armbrust

Connie Armbrust

Jamestown is a haven for writers and artists, and one of our treasures was Constance Armbrust, known to everyone as “Connie.”
Revolutionary War Farm

Revolutionary War took toll on town’s ‘rural character’

A decade ago, residents declared the overarching goal of their community plan should be to “protect Jamestown’s rural character.”
harbor-view

Harbor View

In 1887, Captain Abbott Chandler, who ran a small boat business, renting rowboats and sailboats from his floating pier south of the East Ferry wharf, hired Charles Bevins to build a boardinghouse for seamen on Conanicus, then called Shore, Avenue.