Jamestown Inherited Two Thanksgiving Traditions

Jamestown Inherited Two Thanksgiving Traditions

Thanksgiving is a time to gather and feast with family and friends while pondering past blessings, and archives of the Jamestown Historical Society reveal many of these such good fortunes. A worn document titled “Thanksgiving at the Homestead” chronicles the holiday...
2021 Fall Newsletter

2021 Fall Newsletter

Our Fall 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 keep...
From the Collection – Conanicut Battery

From the Collection – Conanicut Battery

In May of 1776, the Americans hastily built an earthwork battery in a large field on the west side of the Beavertail peninsula on Conanicut Island. British diarist Frederick Mackenzie later described the fortification as a “Battery or Redoubt with 4 embrasures” facing...
Stories in Stone – Cedar Cemetery Tour

Stories in Stone – Cedar Cemetery Tour

Abel Franklin gravestone carved by William Stevens, of Newport, RI. c. 1758   Have you ever walked through a cemetery and wondered about the people buried there?  Where they came from?  What they did?  Whether any descendants are still in the area? A Cedar...
The Conanicut Golf Club

The Conanicut Golf Club

Golf became popular in the United States in the late 1880s and Jamestown’s summer residents were among the earliest enthusiasts.  In 1893, Mary and Ellen Macauley who summered in “Mist” on Racquet Road, Brooks Stevens, and D.C.W. Falls began the process that would...
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...