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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Washington County, Rhode Island

 
Clickable Map of Washington County, Rhode Island and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Washington County, RI (45) Kent County, RI (15) Newport County, RI (111) New London County, CT (242) Suffolk County, NY (407)  WashingtonCounty(45) Washington County (45)  KentCounty(15) Kent County (15)  NewportCounty(111) Newport County (111)  NewLondonCountyConnecticut(242) New London County (242)  SuffolkCountyNew York(407) Suffolk County (407)
Adjacent to Washington County, Rhode Island
    Kent County (15)
    Newport County (111)
    New London County, Connecticut (242)
    Suffolk County, New York (407)
 
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1Rhode Island (Washington County), Ashaway — 7th Day Baptist Churches of Hopkinton and Westerly
On Nooseneck Hill Road (U.S. 3) at Chase Hill Road, on the right when traveling south on Nooseneck Hill Road.
Here for more than a century was the religious, business and civil center of Westerly. Near by in private homes, the people met in town meetings. Here crossed paths from what is now Hopkinton, Richmond and Westerly. Here were the first mill dam and . . . Map (db m29616) HM
2Rhode Island (Washington County), Ashaway — First Seventh Day Baptist Church of Hopkinton — 1622-1935
On Church St. at Main St. (U.S. 3), on the right when traveling west on Church St..
Seventh Day Baptists, members of a church of like faith in Newport, Rhode Island until 1708, first worshipped in this community in 1672. The first meeting house was built in 1680. The nearby-by church, which replaced the original building, was . . . Map (db m30392) HM
3Rhode Island (Washington County), Ashaway — Seventh Day Baptist Minister's Monument
On Chase Hill Road at Rt 3 and Chase Hill Road (U.S. 3), on the left when traveling east on Chase Hill Road.
(on the North side the following) 1680 - 1899 This Monument is a Memorial to the early Pastors of the Second Seventh-day Baptist Church in America, whose remains lie buried within the enclosing circle. They were stalwart men and sound . . . Map (db m30707) HM
4Rhode Island (Washington County), Block Island — Fresh Pond — Elevation 78 Ft. — 1661 —
On Lakeside Dr. at Old Center Rd. on Lakeside Dr..
Here original settlers lived in caves and shelters. Site of first church 1772 Pastors Oliver Dodge, Trustrum Dodge Nearby site of first school house, windmill, pound, precious spring. Indian burying hillMap (db m17231) HM
5Rhode Island (Washington County), Block Island — Mohegan Bluffs — Elevation 163 Ft.
Near Spring Street.
1590 A war party of 40 Mohegan Indians was driven over these bluffs by Block Island Indians - The Manisseans. Along this shore many vessels were wrecked S. Ann Hope • S.S. Leyden Mars • Spartan John Davis • Munago S.S. Meteor • Lightburne . . . Map (db m17230) HM
6Rhode Island (Washington County), Charlestown — Charlestown Naval Auxiliary Landing Field Memorial — -1943- “Charlietown” -1973-
On Park Lane south of Old Post Road (Rhode Island Route 1A), on the left when traveling south.
In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country in the recent wars of the United States Thru these portals pass the hottest pilots in the world Map (db m114952) WM
7Rhode Island (Washington County), Charlestown — Fort Ninigret
On Fort Ninigret Road 0.2 miles south of Old Post Road (State Route 1A), on the right when traveling south.
. . . Map (db m31372) HM
8Rhode Island (Washington County), Charlestown — Fort Ninigret Marker
On Old Post Road (U.S. 1A) at Fort Ninigret Road, on the right when traveling east on Old Post Road.
South of this spot is located Fort Ninigret marked by the State of Rhode Island as a memorial of the Narragansett and Niantic Indians. The unwavering friends and allies of our fathers.Map (db m31988) HM
9Rhode Island (Washington County), Charlestown — General Joseph Stanton Monument
On Old Post Road near Post Road (U.S. 1), on the left when traveling west.
Text on the Front (North) Side of the Monument: Erected by the State of Rhode Island In Memory of General Joseph Stanton Jr. First U.S. Senator from Rhode Island Under the Constitution from . . . Map (db m88151)
10Rhode Island (Washington County), Charlestown — Grumman F6F-5N Hellcat Crash
On Park Lane south of Old Post Road (Rhode Island Route 1A), on the left when traveling south.
U.S. Navy NAAF Charlestown, R.I. On Friday, March 2, 1945 at 2215 hours, Grumman F6F-5N Hellcat Buno 71418 crashed shortly after takeoff from runway 22, where it exploded and burned on the ice-covered waters 500 Ft off . . . Map (db m114948) HM
11Rhode Island (Washington County), Charlestown — Liberty Tree Memorial
On Park Lane south of Old Post Road (Rhode Island Route 1A), on the right when traveling south.
This American Liberty Elm was named after "The Liberty Tree: Our Country's first Symbol of Freedom." On the morning of August 14, 1765, the people of Boston awakened to discover two effigies suspended from an elm tree in protest of the hated . . . Map (db m114946) HM
12Rhode Island (Washington County), Exeter — 43d Infantry Division Memorial
On South County Trail (Cemetery Entrance).
In memory of our deceased comrades 43d Infantry Division, Veterans Association Winged VictoryMap (db m66422) HM
13Rhode Island (Washington County), Exeter — Address by President Abraham Lincoln — November 19, 1863
Near South County Trail (Rhode Island Route 2) 0.2 miles south of Main Street (Exeter Road), on the right when traveling south.
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, . . . Map (db m138220) HM WM
14Rhode Island (Washington County), Exeter — Armed Services Memorial
On South County Trail (Cemetery Entrance).
This Memorial Monument is dedicated to those who have served in the Armed Forces so that we may live in peace and freedom from fear.Map (db m66421) WM
15Rhode Island (Washington County), Exeter — Dedicated to All Patriots
Near South County Trail (Rhode Island Route 2) 0.2 miles south of Main Street (Exeter Road), on the right when traveling south.
Dedicated to all Patriots, particularly those who pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor so that we may enjoy the freedoms of this great land.Map (db m152522) WM
16Rhode Island (Washington County), Exeter — In Memory of All War Veterans — Patriots Memorial Grove
Near South County Trail (Rhode Island Route 2) 0.2 miles south of Main Street (Exeter Road), on the right when traveling south.
In faithful memory of the veterans of all Wars of the United States of America, the Rhode Island State Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution established this”Patriots Memorial Grove” 1979Map (db m152521) WM
17Rhode Island (Washington County), Exeter — Jewish War Veterans
On South County Trail (Cemetery Entrance).
Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America Department of Rhode Island and Ladies Auxiliary. Dedicated in Memory of all departed comrades who served their country in time of war to preserve freedom and human rights. To honor their . . . Map (db m66425) WM
18Rhode Island (Washington County), Exeter — Lonely Lookout Memorial
On South County Trail (Cemetery Entrance).
The lonely lookout through all weather searching the sea and sky for the enemy. The Signal Men and radio men communicate to ships in the convoy, while gun crews stand ready. A tribute to these brave men whom the world is indebted, these men must not . . . Map (db m66423) WM
19Rhode Island (Washington County), Exeter — Medal of Honor-Honor Roll
On South County Trail (Cemetery Entrance).
To have struggled for freedom and to have sacrificed ones gift of life for his fellow man is service of the highest order. For such selflessness thoughtful men will be eternally grateful. (Four Panels going from left to right) (Panel 1) Medal . . . Map (db m66438) HM
20Rhode Island (Washington County), Exeter — Rhode Island National Guard
On South County Trail (Cemetery Entrance).
(Inscription under the statue) Rhode Island National Guard (Left Panel) Army National Guard-Since 1638-The Rhode Island Army National Guard was formed as a State Militia for the protection of the people. It always answers the call to arms when . . . Map (db m66428) WM
21Rhode Island (Washington County), Exeter — U.S. Navy Armed Guard Memorial
On South County Trail (Cemetery Entrance).
The U.S. Navy Armed Guard The division of the U.S. Navy that dealt with the protection of merchant vessels from attacks by submarines and aircraft was known as the Armed Guard. The armament of the merchant vessels started with one gun in . . . Map (db m66424) WM
22Rhode Island (Washington County), Exeter — We Aim-To Deliver
On South County Trail (Cemetery Entrance).
U.S. Navy Armed Guard WWII-Dedicated to all who served.Map (db m66427) WM
23Rhode Island (Washington County), Kingston — Washington County Jail
On Kingston Road.
Old Washington County Jail Kingston, Rhode Island Has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places By the United States Department of Interior 1792-1858Map (db m56073) HM
24Rhode Island (Washington County), Narragansett — Honor Roll Town of Narragansett World War
On Kingstown Road at Strathmore Street on Kingstown Road.
Honor Roll Town of Narragansett World War David Adair • Walter H. B. Allen Jr. • Charles W. Booth • William Boyd • Frank H. Brayman Jr • Joseph A. Bristow • Edwin L. Card • Louis E. Card • . . . Map (db m126612) WM
25Rhode Island (Washington County), Narragansett — Honor Roll Town of Narragansett World War
On Kingstown Road at Strathmore Street on Kingstown Road.
Honor Roll Town of Narragansett World War David Adair • Walter H. B. Allen Jr. • Charles W. Booth • William Boyd • Frank H. Brayman Jr • Joseph A. Bristow • Edwin L. Card • Louis E. Card • . . . Map (db m126613) WM
26Rhode Island (Washington County), Narragansett — Point Judith Light House
On Ocean Road (Rhode Island Route 108).
Wooden Light House Established 1810 Destroyed by storm September 17, 1815 / present tower built 1857 51 feet above ground - 65 feet above water Occulting white light - 15 second group / 17,300 candle power A tribute to the fishermen of . . . Map (db m51914) HM
27Rhode Island (Washington County), Narragansett — The Narragansett Pier — Towers & Casino — Architects: McKim, Mead & White —
On Ocean Road.
1883-1886 The Towers is one of the most highly visible, widely known, and universally cherished landmarks in the state of Rhode Island. It recalls Narragansett Pier’s heyday as one of the foremost seaside resorts of nineteenth-century America, the . . . Map (db m75997) HM
28Rhode Island (Washington County), Narragansett — The S.S. Black Point
On Ocean Road.
The S.S. Black Point was built in 1918 at Camden, New Jersey as a coal collier. She was owned by Sprague Steamship Co. of Boston, Mass. And was 369’ long 55’ at the beam and was carrying 7500 tons of coal. Captain Charles Prior was master with a . . . Map (db m76004) HM WM
29Rhode Island (Washington County), North Kingstown — Roger Williams
On Post Road (U.S. 1) at Old Post Road on Post Road.
In 1637 near this spot, ROGER WILLIAMS set up a trading post where he dwelt for many years, trading and treating with the Narragansett Indians. His dealings so completely won and held the friendliness of the powerful Narragansett sachems that for . . . Map (db m78927) HM
30Rhode Island (Washington County), North Kingstown — The Fighting Bee — A Rhode Island Creation
On Iafrate Way north of Gate Road, on the right when traveling north.
In 1942 Rhode Islander Frank J. lafrate was a 22 year old civilian file clerk at the Quonset Point Naval Air Station. In his spare time he drew cartoons. A Navy lieutenant with the newly established 'Construction Battalions' asked if he could . . . Map (db m115191) HM
31Rhode Island (Washington County), Saunderstown — Gilbert Stuart Birthplace
Near Gilbert Stuart Road.
Has been designated a Registered National Historic Landmark under the provisions of the Historic Sites Act of August 21, 1935. This site possesses exceptional value in commemorating or illustrating the history of the United States. U.S. Department . . . Map (db m65655) HM
32Rhode Island (Washington County), South Kingstown — Pettaquamscutt Rock
On Middlebridge Road at John Street, on the right when traveling south on Middlebridge Road.
At this “round rock,” noted Indian landmark, the original purchase of this land was made from Quassaquanch, Kachanaquant, and Quequaquenuet, chief Sachems of the Narragansetts, by Samuel Wilbor, John Hull, John Porter, Samuel Wilson, . . . Map (db m48053) HM
33Rhode Island (Washington County), Wakefield — Carter Jackson Monument
On Tower Hill Road (U.S. 1) 1.1 miles north of Rhode Island Route 108, on the left when traveling north.
East side This pillar is erected to the memory of William Jackson of Virginia, who was murdered upon this spot by ship captain Thomas Carter of Newport, Rhode Island who, having been ship-wrecked and rendered penniless thereby, and being . . . Map (db m29314) HM
34Rhode Island (Washington County), Wakefield — Griffin's Hollow
On Main Street (Rhode Island Route 1A) south of Robinson Street, on the left when traveling south.
On January 13th, 1886, Daniel Billington Griffin purchased a certain tract of land situated in Wakefield Village from Rowland & John N. Hazard for the sum of 2,000 dollars. This particular parcel of land was located on the corner of Post Road . . . Map (db m115166) HM
35Rhode Island (Washington County), West Kingston — The Great Swamp Fight — 19 December 1675
Near South County Trail (Rhode Island Route 2) 1.4 miles south of Kingstown Road (Rhode Island Route 132), on the left when traveling west.
Attacked within their fort upon this island the Narragansett Indians made their last stand in King Philip's War and were crushed by the united forces of the Massachusetts Connecticut and Plymouth Colonies in the “Great Swamp . . . Map (db m22879) HM
36Rhode Island (Washington County), West Kingston — The Great Swamp Fight
On South County Trail (Rhode Island Route 2) at Great Swamp Monument Road, on the left when traveling west on South County Trail. Reported missing.
Three Quarters of a mile to the Southward on an island in the Great Swamp the Narragansett Indians were decisively defeated by the United Forces of the Massachusetts Bay, Connecticut, and Plymouth Colonies, Sunday, December 19, 1675.Map (db m56046) HM
37Rhode Island (Washington County), Westerly — Avondale
On Watch Hill Road at Avondale Road, on the right when traveling south on Watch Hill Road.
Founded in 1750 as Lotteryville So named from the 1750 land lottery granted by the Rhode Island Assembly to Captain Joseph Pendleton to recoup the loss of his brigantine and its cargo on a return from the West Indies. Renamed Avondale in 1893 when . . . Map (db m30394) HM
38Rhode Island (Washington County), Westerly — First Bridge over Pawcatuck River
On Broad Street (U.S. 1), on the right when traveling east.
Near this spot was the ford or Indian trail used until the building of the first bridge over Pawcatuck River about 1712.Map (db m115172) HM
39Rhode Island (Washington County), Westerly — Pawcatuck River
On Broad Street (U.S. 1), on the right when traveling east.
Pawcatuck River mentioned as the western boundary of Rhode Island in the charter of 1663Map (db m115173) HM
40Rhode Island (Washington County), Westerly — Samuel Ward Birthplace Site
On Shore Road (U.S. 1A) near Langworthy Road, on the right when traveling east.
A.D. 1904 Erected by the Samuel Ward Society, Children of the American Revolution of Westerly, Rhode Island, to mark the site of the birthplace of Lieutenant-Colonel Samuel Ward, born in Westerly, November 17, 1756, died in New York City, August . . . Map (db m68757) WM
41Rhode Island (Washington County), Westerly — Spanish American War Monument
Near Broad Street (U.S. 1) at Grove Avenue (Rhode Island Route 3), on the left when traveling north.
To the Soldiers and Sailors who served and to all the patriotic men and women who helped defend the nation’s honor - in the war with Spain - Dedicated July 18, 1924Map (db m68273) WM
42Rhode Island (Washington County), Westerly — The Shipyard
On Margin Street 0.1 miles north of Greenman Avenue, on the left when traveling north.
At the top of the marker, inscribed in a circle around an anchor, is the word Hope and the dates 1636 - 1936. Entrance to the shipyard 1834-1874 whence sailed whalers and merchantmen hewn from native timber, commanded by native sons. . . . Map (db m31104) HM
43Rhode Island (Washington County), Westerly — Watch Hill Merry-Go-Round
On Bay Street at Larkin Road, on the right when traveling south on Bay Street.
Highlights of the History • The Watch Hill Merry-Go-Round was built by the Charles Dare Company of NYC in 1867 using overstocked rocking horses • A traveling carnival brought the Merry-Go-Round to Watch Hill in 1883 and just left it here . . . Map (db m68179) HM
44Rhode Island (Washington County), Westerly — Westerly – Pawcatuck War Memorial
On West Broad Street (U.S. 1) at Main Street, on the right when traveling north on West Broad Street.
In Memory Of All Who Gave Their Lives And In Honor Of All Who Served To Preserve Our Freedom ( far left panel) Korean Conflict Robinson Donald W. • Choquette Arthur G. • Barr J. Lindsey • Gaccione Louis R. • Chase Howard F. Jr. • . . . Map (db m68234) WM
45Rhode Island (Washington County), Westerly — Westerly Veterans Memorial
On Broad Street (U.S. 1) at Grove Avenue (Rhode Island Route 3), on the left when traveling north on Broad Street.
Westerly World War Memorial 1917 – 1918 ( south plaque on the column ) 5th Co., C.A.C., R.I.N.G. Adams, Edmund • Adams, Irving R. • Arnott, George • Asher, Lloyd • Barber, Wilfred • Bentley, John I. • Bernasconi, Peter • . . . Map (db m69006) WM
 
May. 7, 2021