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Visit Providence/Warwick, home of colonial history and Victorian architecture

Steamship Historical Society - Warwick, RI
Steamship Historical Society of America

2500 Post Road Warwick, RI, 02886 Phone: 401-463-3570

Plan to visit to this society’s headquarters and learn about the golden age of steamship vessels

Make an appointment through the website of the Steamship Historical Society of America and plan your visit to the society’s building, with its growing collection of memorabilia and artifacts celebrating the golden age of steam-powered vessels, which transformed global commerce and travel. The society’s massive archives include thousands of photos and maritime art collections from the 19th and 20th centuries, ship blueprints and plans (including the Titanic’s first-class deck plan), iconic posters, advertisements, tickets, video and audio recordings and brochures from cruises including one down the Amazon River. See famous newspaper clippings, including the New York Herald’s front page after the Titanic sinking, brochures from the Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth, ship logs and company records and ledgers.
Warwick Center for the Arts - Warwick, RI
Warwick Center for the Arts

3259 Boston Post Road Warwick, RI, 02886 Phone: 401-737-0010

Historic building now home to a vibrant arts center celebrating local artists, community

Once the site of the Kentish Artillery Armory, built in 1854, the Warwick Center for the Arts is located in one of the city’s historic village centers. Designed by architects William R. Walker & Son, who also designed the city hall, the brick building is a National Historic Landmark and contains replicas of two Revolutionary War cannons given to the Kentish Artillery. It also contains a rotating art exhibit in its main gallery, which honors the work of everyone from public high school art students to established artists. Community events include Friday improv nights, youth classes and camps, poetry readings, gallery talks, yoga and meditation classes, ethnic dance troupes and concerts by student musicians. Every winter a market features the work of local artists and artisans.
Steamship Historical Society - Warwick, RI
Warwick Office of Tourism

3275 Post Road Warwick, RI, 02886 Phone:

Historic homes, museums – and lighthouses! – provide a glimpse into a rich heritage

Warwick, founded in 1642, has a proud history, and you can feel part of it by visiting its many historic homes, museums and other sites of interest. Step back into the Victorian Era at the Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum, or into the Age of the Steamships at the Steamship Historical Society of America. Take a walking tour of Apponaug Village, featuring over 30 historic structures, or go on a tour of Warwick City Hall, built at the end of the 19th century (check out what were once the city’s jail cells in its basement). The city also has fine examples of historic lighthouses in the Warwick Neck Lighthouse, built in 1827, and Conimicut Lighthouse, built in 1868.
Clouds Hill Museum - Warwick, RI
Clouds Hill Museum

4157 Post Road Warwick, RI, 02886 Phone: 401-884-9490

A portal to the past opens when you step through the doors of this stately home

When the Clouds Hill Museum opened its doors to the public in 2000, it was opening a portal to the past. Built as a wedding gift by William Smith Slater for his daughter, Elizabeth Ives Slater, in 1872, the house at Clouds Hill has stayed in the family for generations, passing to the oldest female family member. Its original furnishings, textiles with family articles dating back to the 1870s and fine collections of porcelain and glass reflect that continuity, making it one of the area’s best examples of the Victorian style. The property, with 70 species of trees and shrubs, includes a carriage house with over a dozen carriages, and a Center for the Outdoors. Call to arrange a tour or check the website for prescheduled openings.
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State Capitol of Rhode Island

82 Smith Street Providence, RI Phone: 401-277-2357

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.
Providence Athenaeum - Providence, RI
Providence Athenaeum

251 Benefit Street Providence, RI, 02903 Phone: 401-421-6970

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.
John Brown House Museum

52 Power Street Providence, RI, 02906 Phone: 401-273-7507

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.
Information: rihs.org/museums_jbh.html
Stephen Hopkins House - Providence, RI
Governor Stephen Hopkins House

15 Hopkins Street Providence, RI, 02903 Phone: 401-751-1008

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 and opened as a museum in 1929. Eight rooms are filled with period antiques & Hopkins heirlooms.
Hours: Guided tours given April through November, Saturdays 10am to 4pm, and also year-round 11am-2pm. Donations are requested in lieu of an admission charge.
Roger Williams National Memorial

282 North Main Street Providence, RI Phone: 401-521-7266

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.
Admission: Free.
General Nathaniel Greene Homestead - Coventry, RI
General Nathanael Greene Homestead

50 Taft Street Coventry, RI, 02816 Phone: 401-821-8630

The home of George Washington's second-in-command, built in 1770. The grounds include a veterans garden and Revolutionary War cannon.
Hours: Fridays-Mondays from April 1-October 31, 10am - 5pm.
Admission: Adults $8, Children $4.
Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum

199 Hope Street Providence, RI, 02906 Phone: 401-453-0688

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.
Tours: Available by reservation only. May thru October, Fridays & select Saturdays. Tour admission is $10 for adults, $5 for Students, and Free for Kids 12 & under and EBT card holders.
Pawtuxet Village

Narragansett Parkway Warwick, RI Phone: Toll-Free: 800-4WARWICK

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.
Brown University

Prospect, Waterman, Thayer and George streets Providence, RI Phone: 401-863-1000

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.
Federal Hill

Atwells Avenue and surrounding streets Providence, RI Phone:

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.
Crescent Park Carousel

Crescent Park, 700 Bullocks Point Avenue Riverside, RI, 02915 Phone: 401-435-7518

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.
Information: http://bit.ly/YxuC9m
First Baptist Church in America - Providence, RI
First Baptist Church in America

75 North Main Street Providence, RI, 02903 Phone: 401-454-3418

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. Tours are currently unavailable due to reconstruction work, but Sunday worship is still ongoing at 11am.
Old State House of Rhode Island

150 Benefit Street Providence, RI Phone: 401-277-2678

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.
Governor Sprague Mansion - Cranston, RI
Governor Sprague Mansion

1351 Cranston Street Cranston, RI, 02920 Phone: 401-944-9226

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.