The Century to Statehood
In the 1700's, the open shoreline on the west side of the street gradually filled with shops and houses. Stores backed onto the cove and often had docks extending into the water for easy loading of wares in the flourishing colonial trade. Between the buildings ran narrow pedestrian alleys, or "gangways", to the waterfront.
The Antrain-Gray House dates from at least 1737 at its northern end, and from the 1790s at its southern brick end. It has been a residence, a liquor store, a pool hall, a restaurant, a barber shop, a dry goods store, and lastly a watch shop.
This 1790 map of Providence shows expansion of the town southward (along today's South Main Street) and westward to "Weybosset Side" of the Providence River. Roger Williams National Memorial fills the shaded area.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings.
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 41° 49.881′ N, 71° 24.651′ W. Marker was in Providence, Rhode Island, in Providence County. Marker
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Witness to History (a few steps from this marker); A Place for Your Ideas (a few steps from this marker); Snowtown Riot 1831 (a few steps from this marker); Gabriel Bernon (within shouting distance of this marker); Seasonal Gathering (within shouting distance of this marker); The Wellspring of Providence (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Shelter for Persons Distressed (about 300 feet away); The Original Water Supply (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Providence.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 23, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 29, 2014, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 310 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 29, 2014, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.