Mr. Jeffrey Greene, a Newport furniture maker specializing in American designs, will be the featured speaker at the next meeting of the East Greenwich Historic Preservation Society, on Monday, November 21st.
His illustrated talk will focus on "Demystifing the Townsends and the Goddards," the two Newport families that produced elaborately carved furniture during the 1700s as well as a family member who crafted this iconic furniture in East Greenwich. As the owner of the Ball and Claw in Newport, Jeff has handcrafted authentic reproductions of this iconic furniture for 30 years. Most of his work is built to order. His talk complements an exhibit at the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven. The museum show features the golden age of Rhode Island furniture from 1650 to 1830 and is on display through January 8th.
The meeting is free and is open to the public. It begins at 6:30 PM with a potluck supper at the Olde Jail at 110 King Street in East Greenwich. The program begins at 7:30 PM.
Sue Curado, our Hospitality Chair 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: email@example.com.
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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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