Jamestown Historical Society

Library Exhibit, October 2020 Markets and Groceries

In the late 19thcentuy, Jamestown’s population ballooned and the number of farmers, who grew most of their own food, decreased.  Purchased produce was in demand, and grocery stores proliferated.  By the mid-1980s, regulation and competition had driven most of these small operations out of business.

The new exhibit in the Jamestown Historical Society case in the Jamestown Philomenian Library celebrates our local grocers from Isaac Carr who built the first post-Revolutionary War grocery at the end of Narragansett in 1829 to Tom Sisson’s 1976 Jamestown Market which became McQuade’s.

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