2021 Members Only Preview Party  – And Farm Tour

2021 Members Only Preview Party – And Farm Tour

Because of restraints of the COVID pandemic, this year’s members fundraiser was  a combination of a cocktail party held on August 26 at the lovely 1927 Sarah Cresswell cottage, which had been recently restored and beautifully landscaped, and guided tours of three of...
From the Collection – Ships Half Hull Models

From the Collection – Ships Half Hull Models

Behind the circulation desk of the Jamestown Philomenian Library are two square rigged ship half models. The half hull models are on loan to the Library from the JHS collection. They hung for a number of years in the lobby of the Gardner House, a large summer hotel in...
Collecting and Sharing Jamestown History

Collecting and Sharing Jamestown History

In the summer of 1912, Elizabeth Carr Locke, a California-based descendant of Caleb Carr who was in Jamestown for the summer, had 200 posters printed and distributed around the island asking anybody interested in forming a historical society to meet at Town Hall on...
Jamestown Historical Sociey 2021 Annual Meeting

Jamestown Historical Sociey 2021 Annual Meeting

Art in the Cemetery Changing Fashion of Grave Markers The guest speaker for the Jamestown Historical Society’s 2021 annual meeting was Anne Tait, MFA, Professor of Art at Roger Williams University. Her presentation was titled “Art in the Cemetery, Changing Fashion of...
From the Collection – Jamestown Shores

From the Collection – Jamestown Shores

In the early 1940s, when you drove east over the recently completed Jamestown Bridge, the land before you was open farmland. The entire landscape changed in 1946 when James G. Head and Sydney Rowe formed the Federal Building and Development Corporation. Head and Rowe...
JHS Members Outing Blue Garden

JHS Members Outing Blue Garden

Photo courtesy of Blue Garden, Newport, RI. Open by appointment.   “Recapturing this work of landscape artistry is intended to teach others about the intellectual and pragmatic challenges of restoring and preserving a garden of such historic...
Remembering the Ferries and Their Captains

Remembering the Ferries and Their Captains

On May 12, 1873, Captain Stephen C. Gardner guided the 79-foot, wood-fueled paddlewheel ferry Jamestown out of the new slip at East Ferry on her maiden voyage between Jamestown and Newport.  The age of dependable steam ferry service on the lower Narragansett Bay had...