Jamestown Girls Drum and Bugle Corps

Jamestown Girls Drum and Bugle Corps

In the years following World War II, marching bands were much in demand.  Drum and bugle corps competed against each other, and rivalry was keen.  Jamestown had had a Men’s Drum & Bugle Corps in the 1930s, and it was revived early in 1947. Later that same year,...
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....
From the Collection – Sheep, A Jamestown Symbol

From the Collection – Sheep, A Jamestown Symbol

Sheep played a large part in the early days of the island of Conanicut. As early as 1637, when the Narragansett granted the right to the grasses of the island to the Newport settlers, sheep were grazed on the island. Sheep and wool remained important island products...
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 &...