Come listen to local historian Bruce MacGunnigle discuss his latest book Strolling in Historic East Greenwich, and learn about some of East Greenwich’s most historic homes and buildings. Bruce MacGunnigle has been a member of the East Greenwich Historic Preservation Society since 1983, and was a Board member 1984-99. Born in Providence, Bruce has lived in East Greenwich since 1965, and is a descendant of several of the founding families of East Greenwich. He served on the East Greenwich Historic District Commission for 22 years, and was president of the Varnum Continentals for 19 years. After retiring as a manufacturing company executive, he worked part time as the East Greenwich’s Main Street Coordinator, and originated and organized 85 of the award winning Main Street Strolls. A member and officer of many historic and genealogical organizations, Bruce is the author of over 150 columns, articles, monographs and books since 1977.
The meeting begins with a potluck supper at 6:30 in the Old Jail, 110 King Street. The program begins at 7:30.
The event is free and open to the public. Please call Sue Curado at 884-4643 or e-mail her at email@example.com to reserve a space.
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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, 1976;Vintage Postcards of East Greenwich 2010;A History of East Greenwich, 2nd Printing; and Images of East Greenwich, 2006
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
Publication of an exciting new book, soon to be made available from the EGHPS and through local merchants.
Continue restoration of the Old Jail
Continue publication of The Packet, begun again in February 2007
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