Women in Our Post Office

Women in Our Post Office

The first post office in Jamestown was established in 1847.  At the time, women were less than 1 percent of federal Postmasters, and the Postmaster’s salary was a percentage of the stamps sold.  Mail was not delivered door-to-door; it was held by the Postmaster for...
Black Inventor Stakes Claim with Toy Bird, Blinds

Black Inventor Stakes Claim with Toy Bird, Blinds

Jamestown’s Gilded Age, like Newport’s, reached its pinnacle with the hotel boom, and a vast workforce of manual laborers propelled the growing town into the 20th century. Hundreds of them were African Americans: butlers, cooks, washerwomen, coachmen and expressmen....
Camp Meade

Camp Meade

Soon after Confederate troops fired on Fort Sumter, SC, in April 1861, Rhode Island was called on to supply troops to suppress the rebellion.  Training the raw recruits was of prime importance, and Jamestown was the site of two training camps: Camp Bailey on Dutch...