Summer 2019 Exhibit

Jamestown Museum| 92 Narragansett Avenue | Jamestown RI 02835

Dr. William Lincoln Bates & The Bates Sanitarium

The 2019 summer exhibit in the Jamestown Historical Society Museum at 92 Narragansett Avenue was Dr. William Lincoln Bates & the Bates Sanitarium. The exhibit opened Friday Night, June 21, 2019. 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. The summer exhibit told 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. Please check hours before arriving.

From Labor Day to Columbus Day, we return to the weekend-only schedule. 

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

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