May 20 - At its monthly meeting on Monday, May 20th, members of the East Greenwich Historic Preservation Society will hear Betsey Carpenter Thomson's memories of Frenchtown and Shippetown, neighborhoods in the western part of town. Born and raised in Shippeetown, Ms. Thomson is a lifelong resident of East Greenwich and she still lives in the house on Division Street where she was born. A master gardener, Betsey remembers that there were few trees in the neighborhoods west of Route 2 - an area that was filled with dairy farms.
The meeting at the Old Jail, 110 King Street, East Greenwich, begins with a potluck supper at 6:30 and the program begins at 7:30. It is free and the public is invited. Please call or e-mail Sue Curado at 884-4643 or email@example.com.
June 17 - Dr. Frank Heppner, "Railroads in Rhode Island"
There will be no meeting of the East Greenwich Historic Preservation Society during July and August. We encourage you to participate in Music on the Hill and we'll see you at The Main Street Stroll. Happy Summer to You and Yours!
Thank You to all who participated in this year's 10th Annual Easter Egg Hunt that was held at Goddard Park. We entertained more than 100 children who attended and invite their parents to become EGHPS members. The East Greenwich Historic Preservation Society continues to hold this annual event to foster community spirit. We thank all members who gave of their time and provided baked goods for refreshments to support this fine tradition and members of the East Greenwich Senior Center who stuffed almost 500 eggs, the Boy Scouts who assisted and to our Easter Bunny, Chloe Euston who sported the costume handmade by Millie Plouffe.
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Please feel welcome to join our East Greenwich Historic Preservation Society. Here is our Membership form. You may bring the completed form and our nominal membership fee to our next meeting or you may mail it to our address at 110 King Street, East Greenwich, RI 02818. Thank You
Simply please Print and mail with your check for $20 Annual Membership fee to: EGHPS, 110 King Street, East Greenwich, RI 02818
History of the
East Greenwich Historic Preservation Society
When the Colonel Micah Whitmarsh House (the Brick House) on Main Street, East Greenwich, was to be razed to make way for a parking lot, a number of the townsfolk foresaw what the future might hold. Already the Old Town Hall had disappeared and a number of lovely old houses had been demolished to make way for the nondescript purposes. The whole character of the town was going to change if this continued.
In 1967 the East Greenwich Historic Preservation Society was formed, primarily to acquire and save the Brick House. The building was refurbished, financed with money obtained from dues, donations, grants and bank loans, and became a working asset of the town.
In 1969 the "Olde Gaol" or "Old Jail" on King Street was scheduled to be torn down or moved to change the traffic pattern on Water Street. The Society rallied in support of the Jail, purchased the structure and it remains on its original site as the Society's headquarters.
For further information you may contact us at the above address or phone us at:
(401) 826 - 0178
Purchased, restored and sold the Brick House on Main Street
Promoted development of Historic Zoning and Historic Disctrict Commission
Initiated the Quilt show
As part of the Bicentennial Celebration in 1976, sponsored the re-enactment of the 1789 spinning of flax into linen and produced a reproduction Calico used to design a period wedding dress
Designed and created a Town Quilt as a community Project
Purchased the Old Jail for restorations and use by the community
Researched and prepared commemorative plaques for a number of historic homes
Worked with Town officials for restoration of buildings in the downtown area
Published a Legacy of East Greenwich Recipes
Saved the Mathewson Warehouse and the old Frenchtown Baptist Meeting House
Commemorated the 300th Anniversary of the founding of the United States Navy in East Greenwich
Maintained landscapes at selected Historical cemetery sites for three years
Encourage the protection and preservation of buildings, items, neighborhoods, open spaces, and rural environments
Public waterfront access
Sponsorship of programs that foster community growth
Identification and cataloging of historic photographs and documents with the publication of a photography book of old East Greenwich: Images of America: East Greenwich(published in August of 2006, now available from the EGHPS and through local merchants)
Continue restoration of the Old Jail
Continue publication of The Packet, begun again in February 2007
Or, you may contact us directly using the e-mail address listed below.
Either way we're looking forward to hearing from you!