2022 Spring Newsletter

2022 Spring Newsletter

Our Spring 2022 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...
From the Collection – Flower Shows

From the Collection – Flower Shows

In 1827 the Philadelphia Horticultural Society hosted the first American flower show with the aim “to inspire taste for one of the most rational and pleasing amusements of man”. Flower shows have played important roles for most gardeners and Jamestown proved no...
Women in Our Post Office

Women in Our Post Office

The first post office in Jamestown was established in 1847.  At the time, women were less than 1 percent of federal Postmasters, and the Postmaster’s salary was a percentage of the stamps sold.  Mail was not delivered door-to-door; it was held by the Postmaster for...
From the Collection – Plum Beach Lighthouse

From the Collection – Plum Beach Lighthouse

This lighthouse is located in the West Passage just north of the Jamestown Bridge. It was completed in 1899 and served to warn vessels away from the Plum Beach shoal which extended east from the Narragansett shore toward Conanicut Island. In 1918 granite riprap was...
Black Inventor Stakes Claim with Toy Bird, Blinds

Black Inventor Stakes Claim with Toy Bird, Blinds

Jamestown’s Gilded Age, like Newport’s, reached its pinnacle with the hotel boom, and a vast workforce of manual laborers propelled the growing town into the 20th century. Hundreds of them were African Americans: butlers, cooks, washerwomen, coachmen and expressmen....