Jamestown Historical Society

Walking Hand-in-Hand with the Past at Watson Farm

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Feb 22 2023
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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Watson Farm, a 265-acre bay-side property of Historic New England, is a rare story of survival. The land and buildings speak to the continuity of cultivation, the sustainable practices employed, and the singular place that is Jamestown. People taking walking tours see the beauty of the place revealed around every corner and enjoy the heritage breed sheep and Red Devon cows. Together we will learn about the people—Indigenous, enslaved, tenant farmers, farm managers, and owners—who made that experience possible for us today.

Jane Hennedy has more than thirty years of experience in caring for and sharing local history. She studied Humanities at Providence College and American Studies/Historic Preservation at Boston University. Her career includes working as a tour guide, a site manager for a study center and museum at Brown University, and as a consultant for a literacy center. Jane was director of the Old Colony Historical Museum in Taunton, then director of Natick Historical Society. Since 2016, Jane has been Site Manager, Southern Rhode Island, for Historic New England at Casey Farm in Saunderstown and Watson Farm in Jamestown. Both are historic sites and sustainable working farms, where Jane plans and promotes tours and programs based on the spectacular seaside landscapes and agricultural heritage of the farms.

Watson Farm is home to about 100 heritage-breed Devon cattle (Historic New England).