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....
From the Collection – Signs

From the Collection – Signs

The Jamestown Historical Society has a remarkable collection of signs that served wildly different purposes Modern businesses – from the hotels of Jamestown’s resort era to the stores and restaurants on Narragansett Avenue today – announced their existence with...
Camp Meade

Camp Meade

Soon after Confederate troops fired on Fort Sumter, SC, in April 1861, Rhode Island was called on to supply troops to suppress the rebellion.  Training the raw recruits was of prime importance, and Jamestown was the site of two training camps: Camp Bailey on Dutch...
From the Collection – Cookbooks

From the Collection – Cookbooks

In the JHS Collection are examples, spanning almost 200 years, of Jamestowners’ interest in collecting and sharing their favorite recipes.  In 1825 Lydia Ann Gould created handwritten Receipts for Sarah C. Green. In those days the two terms, receipt and recipe, were...
The Jamestown Holiday Season over the Years

The Jamestown Holiday Season over the Years

During the holiday season in the 21st century Christians of many faiths celebrate the birthday of Jesus with Christmas parties and presents.  Jews gather for Hanukkah, the festival of lights. Americans of African heritage express their unity at Kwanzaa. The early...