Local historian Robert Geake is the guest speaker of the East Greenwich Historic Preservation Society on Monday, April 18th. Mr. Geake will speak on "Citizen Varnum and His Fight for the Veterans of the Revolutionary War."
After the war the fledgling Congress struggled to find a way to pay pensions to veterans of the war for Independence. General James Mitchell Varnum led the fight for a federal tax that he and others saw as a key to the new nation's solvency. Built in 1773, General Varnum's manor home is located on Peirce Street in East Greenwich.
Robert Geake has written nine books on Rhode Island history. Copies will be available for sale and signing.
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!
May 16: Virginia Williams on the history of octagonal shaped houses in Rhode Island
June 20: Mr. Joe Coduri on the railroad history.
No meetings are held during the Summer months of July and August.
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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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