Dr. William Lincoln Bates & The Bates Sanitarium

The 2019 summer exhibit in the Jamestown Historical Society Museum at 92 Narragansett Avenue will be Dr. William Lincoln Bates & the Bates Sanitarium.  This exhibit will open Friday Night, June 21, 2019 at 5pm. Dr. Bates (1855-1932), a member of Jamestown’s Carr family, spent three years of his youth at the Providence Reform School for theft.  He went on to become a doctor in electrotherapy and to establish the Dr. Bates Sanitarium, also known as Maplewood. The sanitarium on Conanicus Avenue across from the Bay Voyage Hotel was open from 1900 till 1944. This summer’s exhibit tells the story of Bates’ life and hospital.

Museum Schedule

Visit the museum this summer and learn more about Jamestown.

The museum is typically open on weekends from 1 to 4 in the afternoon starting June 22nd. Throughout the summer, it will be open from 1 to 4 each Wednesday through Sunday. 

From Labor Day to Columbus Day, we return to the weekend-only schedule. For details of our Summer 2019 Calendar, see our JHS Calendar.

The society welcomes anyone interested in being a docent at the museum and greeting our visitors.