Jamestown Inherited Two Thanksgiving Traditions

Jamestown Inherited Two Thanksgiving Traditions

Thanksgiving is a time to gather and feast with family and friends while pondering past blessings, and archives of the Jamestown Historical Society reveal many of these such good fortunes. A worn document titled “Thanksgiving at the Homestead” chronicles the holiday...
The Conanicut Golf Club

The Conanicut Golf Club

Golf became popular in the United States in the late 1880s and Jamestown’s summer residents were among the earliest enthusiasts.  In 1893, Mary and Ellen Macauley who summered in “Mist” on Racquet Road, Brooks Stevens, and D.C.W. Falls began the process that would...
Ellen Tucker Cottrell

Ellen Tucker Cottrell

Ellen Tucker, the eldest child of Pardon and Sarah Waite Tucker, was born three days after Christmas in 1847 at the Hutchinson farm on North Road. Ellen’s early schooling was in the Jamestown schools, but when she was in her mid-teens, her father sent her away to...
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...
Remembering the Ferries and Their Captains

Remembering the Ferries and Their Captains

On May 12, 1873, Captain Stephen C. Gardner guided the 79-foot, wood-fueled paddlewheel ferry Jamestown out of the new slip at East Ferry on her maiden voyage between Jamestown and Newport.  The age of dependable steam ferry service on the lower Narragansett Bay had...
Jamestown Girls Drum and Bugle Corps

Jamestown Girls Drum and Bugle Corps

In the years following World War II, marching bands were much in demand.  Drum and bugle corps competed against each other, and rivalry was keen.  Jamestown had had a Men’s Drum & Bugle Corps in the 1930s, and it was revived early in 1947. Later that same year,...