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Monday, June 20th Meeting: Virginia Williams - Octagon Houses
Octagonal-shaped houses have always been a unique architectural style, which had a heyday in the 1850s. They are characterized by an octagonal (eight-sided) plan, and often feature a flat roof and a veranda all round. Their popularity can be traced to the influence of amateur architect and phrenologist Orson Squire Fowler. Virginia Williams, a retired elementary-school teacher, became intrigued with octagon houses when she discovered the Albert S. Potter octagon house in Richmond, RI.
Virginia was raised in Texas, and proud of it! She has taught school in Houston, Texas; Bayreuth, Germany; Nuremburg, Germany; Machinata, Okinawa; and Cranston. Rhode Island.
Virginia is also known as the “Queen of Outhouses.” She gave us a one-of-a-kind presentation last year, and we are looking forward to learning about these other unique structures.
The meeting begins at 6:30 PM with a potluck supper at the Old Jail at 110 King Street. The program begins at 7:30 PM. Sue Curado will take your call at 884-4643 to indicate your preference of contribution towards the meal and to reserve your seat. Or you may e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Come meet and greet your friends!
No meetings are held during the Summer months of July and August.
During 2017 the East Greenwich Historic Preservation Society will celebrate its 50th year! Please stay tuned for exciting information on programs and events. If you would be interested on serving on a committee to help plan these events and programs, please contact Marlene Haglund-Hatch at
401-886-4493 by June 30. Thank you
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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.
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