Please note that our winter meetings are held on Sunday afternoons in the Community Room of the East Greenwich Police Station!
On Sunday, February 19th at 2 PM, in the Community Room at the East Greenwich Police Station, the East Greenwich Historic Preservation Society is pleased to announce that we welcome Mr. Matthew Baltz. Mr. Baltz is a film producer whom has recently made a film about the history of our old jail on King Street. Ms. Leigh Carney, a town official will also join us to discuss some archival findings.
Aspiring filmmaker Matthew Baltz will show a short film he shot on location in the cells of the Old Jail two years ago. An East Greenwich native, Matthew will tell how he wrote the story, recruited the actors and made the film. Town official Leigh Carney will talk about her project to preserve old town records and show samples of these valuable artifacts. We will also display an antique patchwork quilt that was gifted to the Society by the Textile Department of URI.
There is easy parking and access at the police station. The meeting begins at 2 pm with coffee and light refreshments. We'll hope to see you there!
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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
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 many 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
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Either way we're looking forward to hearing from you!