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 &...
From the Collection – Slavery in Jamestown

From the Collection – Slavery in Jamestown

From the early 18th century until the American Revolution, approximately one-third of the people living and working in Jamestown were recently captured Africans, second-generation African Americans, or indigenous people, mostly Narragansett. The vast majority of these...
The Bowen Brothers

The Bowen Brothers

George Wallin Bowen and his brother James Howard were born on the Point in Newport in 1882 and 1884, respectively.  In their 20s, the two brothers went their separate ways – George to Chicago; J. Howard, as he was known, to the U.S. Navy.  The First World War...
From the Collection – Clingstone

From the Collection – Clingstone

J.S. Lovering Wharton of Philadelphia designed Clingstone, his new home, with artist William Trost Richards. It was completed in 1905 atop a small rocky island in an island group called “The Dumplings” and replaced Braecleugh which had been demolished when Fort...