Jamestown Slave History by Peter Fay

Jamestown Slave History by Peter Fay

Speech Delivered at the Dedication of the Slave History Medallion at East Ferry, Jamestown, RI, May 22, 2021   Image courtesy of Rhode Island Historical Society, MSS 1026, Folder 14, Thomas G. Hazard, Deed of Sale, 12/29/1791.   Hear ye, hear ye, hear ye....
2021 Spring Newsletter

2021 Spring Newsletter

Our Spring 2021 Newsletter is now available for download.  Don’t miss the committee reports of all the things that we’ve been working on while at home. And take a look  at the donations that made over the past year, we value everyone’s efforts to...
Jamestown Debating Societies

Jamestown Debating Societies

In the 19th century – before the invention of the movie, television, and computer – most people, especially in tiny towns like Jamestown, had to make their own entertainment.  Fraternal organizations that provided social activities as well as mutual support and/or...
The Names of Jamestown Forts

The Names of Jamestown Forts

During World War II, Conanicut Island was home to three named forts, all of which are now parks – Fort Burnside at Beavertail, Fort Getty on the West Passage, and Fort Wetherill on the East Passage.  Each of the forts was named for a U.S. Army officer who had seen...
The Bryer Plat

The Bryer Plat

In the mid-19th century, the population of Jamestown was declining. The 1870 census counted only 378 people living here.  Those remaining knew the town would die if nothing were done. In 1873, the town and some of its major landowners formed the Jamestown &...