Monday, September 21: An Aircraft Factory at Chepiwanoxet Point in Warwick
Mr. Brian Wallin will give an illustrated program on the little-known Gallaudet Aircraft Corporation on Chepiwanoxet Point in Warwick. It was founded by a brilliant engineer and Rhode Island aviation pioneer, Edson Fessenden Gallaudet, in 1916. The factory was reached by a causeway off Alger Avenue, one of the side streets off Post Road. Gallaudet developed the warped-wing design used by the Wright Brothers in their 1903 Kitty Hawk flight. Airframes were built in the Chepiwanoxet factory and trucked across the causeway to the East Greenwich train station. At the height of WWI the factory turned out one Curtis patrol plane a day. It ceased production in the early 1920s.
Mr.Wallin is a graduate of Stonehill College. He retired as VP of Public Relations for Kent Hospital and is active on several hospital committees, Past President of NE Society for Healthcare Communications and the North Kingstown Rotary. He is a trustee of the Varnum House Museum, an avid guitarist and marine model builder.
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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.
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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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