“Built from Stone: The Westerly Granite Story” is a 200+ page full-color, hardbound book, published in 2011 by the Babcock-Smith House Museum in Westerly. The edition documents previously unknown and unpublished material on a local industry that once employed more than half of the residents of the greater Westerly area.
Publication of Built from Stone, along with a 52-week, full-page Westerly Granite Industry newspaper series and the recently released Westerly Granite Student Curriculum Guide was recognized by the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH). The Babcock-Smith House Museum was selected as the 2012 recipient of the Albert B. Corey Award, its highest national award given to an all-volunteer organization.
Authors Linda Smith Chaffee, John B. Coduri and Ellen L. Madison, Ph.D. will present a visually informative program on the museum’s history, local granite quarrying and manufacturing processes that led to the creation of hundreds of beautiful buildings and majestic monuments and memorials throughout the United States.
The authors of Built From Stone, The Westerly Granite Story are all Westerly natives and trustees of the Babcock-Smith House Museum, who share a passion for preserving local history.
Linda Smith Chaffee, a graduate of Brown University, is the great-great-granddaughter of Orlando Smith, the founder of Smith Granite Company. She retired as physics teacher and head of the science department after 26 years in the Westerly School System.
John B. Coduri, a graduate of the University of Rhode Island, is the grandson of Joseph Coduri, founder of the Joseph Coduri Granite Company. He retired after a 40-year YMCA career that included 16 years as President/CEO of the Westerly-Pawcatuck YMCA and 10 years as the National Executive Director/CEO of the Association of YMCA Professionals.
Ellen L. Madison, Ph.D. a graduate of RIC, NYU, and URI, is the great-granddaughter of Richard Opie, owner of a small quarry and granite works. She retired after 33 years as an English teacher at Ledyard (CT) High School and has operated Woody Hill Bed and Breakfast since 1973.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a space.
Thanks to everyone who participated in our Annual Easter Egg Hunt Event! It was a grand success. If you are interested in joining our local Preservation Society, please attend our monthly events for more information or complete the Membership form below. Those interested in the preservation of town memorabilia and helping the East Greenwich Historic Preservation Society are welcome.
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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
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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.
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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