Visit Providence/Warwick, home of colonial history and Victorian architecture
Prospect, Waterman, Thayer and George streets
One of the Ivy League universities, Brown was founded in 1764. The campus houses several historic buildings and sites, most of which are still in use today. The campus and neighborhood provide ample opportunity for both long and short walks. The university can information concerning the myriad of historic buildings.
82 Smith Street
Completed in 1904, the building has the fourth largest self-supported dome in the world. Historic Rhode Island items on display include the original Rhode Island Charter (1663) and a portrait of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart, a Rhode Island native. Free guided tours are offered year-round, Monday through Friday, by advance arrangement. Tour stops include the Bell Room, where Rhode Island's replica of the Philadelphia Liberty Bell is displayed; the State Room, where Gilbert Stuart's famous portrait of George Washington hangs.
Hours: See website to arrange tours. Tours are 50 minutes. Allow enough extra time to pass through security.
John Brown House Museum
52 Power Street
Providence, RI, 02906
One of America's grandest mansions when completed in 1788, the house at 52 Power Street was home first to John Brown, a businessman, patriot, politician, China trade pioneer, and slave trader who participated in the debates and practices that shaped the new nation. Group, school, and special tours are available by appointment when you decide to visit this Rhode Island museum on your next vacation or getaway. .
Hours: December 1-March 31, Friday and Saturday, 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 and 3 p.m.; April 1-November 30, Tuesday-Friday, 1:30 and 3 p.m.; Saturdays, 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 and 3 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $10; seniors and students, $8; children age 7-17, $6.
282 North Main Street
Rhode Island's only national park on the site of the original Providence colonial settlement. A visitors center chronicles the life and times of Roger Williams, founder of the state of Rhode Island.
Hours: The visitor center at the memorial is open daily, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
1351 Cranston Street
Cranston, RI, 02920
Built in 1790, this home was owned by the Sprague family, who produced two Rhode Island governors. The house contains period furniture and artifacts. In the stable house there are carriages, carts, winter sleighs, and a Bicentennial Conestoga wagon. Open year-round by appointment.
75 North Main Street
This is the oldest Baptist Church in America, established by Rhode Island founder Roger Williams in 1638. The existing structure was built in 1775, and sports a Waterford crystal chandelier designed and constructed in 1792.
Hours: Guided tours of the Meeting House are available Memorial Day through Labor Day; self-guided tours are available the rest of the year; Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m.; there is a guided tour each Sunday following the Worship Service
Admission: $2 per person
50 Taft Street
The home of George Washington's second-in-command, built in 1770. The grounds include a veterans garden and Revolutionary War cannon.
Hours: April 1-October 31, Monday, Friday, and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $5; children, $3.
Crescent Park Carousel
Crescent Park, 700 Bullocks Point Avenue
Riverside, RI, 02915
This classic Victorian carousel was designed by Charles I.D. Loof, and constructed in 1895. The mechanism includes 66 figures and a carved band organ. It's the official Rhode Island State Symbol of Folk Art. Concession stand and a gift shop are available.
Hours: Spring and fall, Saturday-Sunday, noon-9 p.m.; Memorial Day-July, Friday-Sunday, noon-9 p.m.; July-Labor Day, Wednesday-Sunday, noon-9 p.m.
Atwells Avenue and surrounding streets
This is Rhode Island's Little Italy. A true example of Providence's old-world roots, with historic buildings and a big splash of the Italian culture that made Providence grow in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Enjoy bakeries, shops, and some of the best restaurants in New England. Take an evening or afternoon walk or stroll through these colorful streets and feel like you have stepped into the Old World for a day.
251 Benefit Street
The Athenaeum is one of the oldest libraries in the country, founded in 1753. The building itself was constructed in 1838 in granite Greek Revival style. Still a fully functional subscription library, interesting exhibits of rare and historic books are often found on the site.
Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum
4157 Post Road
Centrally located, the museum is a 27-room granite Gothic Victorian mansion, complete with original furnishings and collections. Annual exhibits include 100 Years of Romance, a collection of wedding gowns and memorabilia for every decade from 1880 through 1980, in February; Gardens in Bloom in June; A Day in the Country, honoring old-time farming, in the fall; and the Christmas display, with 12 rooms decorated for the holidays, in December.
Hours: Tours daily by appointment
Admission: Adults, $12; seniors, $10; college students, $8; youth age 12 and younger, $5.
15 Hopkins Street
Providence, RI, 02903
This is the home of Stephen Hopkins, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, his family, and their slaves, for over 40 years. Hopkins added the Georgian style front in 1743. Twice moved, it was restored amd opened as a museum in 1929. Eight rooms are filled with period antiques & Hopkins heirlooms.
Hours: Guided tours given May through November, Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and also year-round by appointment. Donations are requested in lieu of an admission charge.
150 Benefit Street
Home to the Rhode Island General Assembly during the Revolutionary War period, built in 1762. The Declaration of Independence was signed here on May 4, 1776, two months before the other colonies. Open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Settled in 1642 Pawtuxet Village lays claim to being New England's oldest village. This Historic District features many colonial and historic homes along tree-lined streets. During the early years of settlement colonists were beset by Indian attacks. Pawutuxet Village also was a stop on the Underground Railroad.
199 Hope Street
Providence, RI, 02906
A Victorian mansion built in 1865, it is a National Historic Landmark. Home of two Rhode Island governors. Intricately decorated and furnished with authentic pieces from the Victorian period.
Hours: May-October, Friday, 11 a.m., noon, 1 and 2 p.m.
Cost: Adults, $10.