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By Bryan Simmons, July 26, 2011
Pierce Park and Riverwalk Marker
Rhode Island (Providence County), Central Falls — Pierce Park and Riverwalk
Due to land disputes and broken peace treaties between local natives and early English settlers, King Philip's War took place for 14 months during 1675 and 1676. Captain Michael Pierce's fight with the natives occured on this spot in March of 1676. . . . — Map (db m45093) HM
Rhode Island (Providence County), Cumberland — Monastery Bell
This bell was cast by George Holbrook in East Medway MA in 1840, and was installed at 22 Broad St. It remained there until 1977 when it was dismantled by the Knights of Columbus and brought to the Hayden Library and dedicated to the departed . . . — Map (db m55663) HM
Rhode Island (Providence County), Cumberland — Nine Men’s Misery
On this spot where they were slain by the Indians were buried the nine soldiers captured in Pierce’s fight. March 26, 1676. — Map (db m2924) HM
Rhode Island (Providence County), Pawtucket — Daggett House
Built in 1685, this is the oldest standing house in Pawtucket and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It is now operated by the Pawtucket Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. For tour Hours Contact the Park Office — Map (db m45087) HM
Rhode Island (Providence County), Pawtucket — First Successful Cotton Mill in America
In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the First Successful Cotton Mill in America this tablet was presented to the Old Slater Mill Association, present owners of this historic building in honor of the textile pioneer whose name they . . . — Map (db m1613) HM
Rhode Island (Providence County), Pawtucket — John F. "Jack" McGeeRhode Island's First Aviator
1885-1918 During his flying career, Jack McGee, one of Pawtucket's most famous sons and a pioneer in this country's aviation history, used this general area of Darlington to make many of his historic flights. On June 11th 1918 he was killed . . . — Map (db m45089) HM
Rhode Island (Providence County), Pawtucket — Looff Carousel
This is the oldest stander carousel in the world it was built by pioneer craftsman Charles I. D. Looff in 1895, and was installed in Slater park in 1910.

Open weekends April, May, June, September, October and daily in July and August. . . . — Map (db m45091) HM

Rhode Island (Providence County), Pawtucket — The Old Slater Mill
The birthplace of the cotton manufacturing industry in America. Here in 1793 Samuel Slater, Moses Brown, and William Almy established the first successful cotton factory in the United States. — Map (db m1612) HM
Rhode Island (Providence County), Pawtucket — 30 — Wilkinson Mill
National Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark Wilkinson Mill, 1810. Site of the shop of David Wilkinson (1771–1852) Father of the American Machine Tool Industry. — Map (db m1611) HM
Rhode Island (Providence County), Providence — A Changing Nation
By the end of the Revolutionary War, the center of town had moved to several blocks south of this point. From 1820 to 1850 the Blackstone Canal and Providence and Worcester Railroad were built along the western edge of this plot, and Canal Street . . . — Map (db m106872) HM
Rhode Island (Providence County), Providence — A Howling Wilderness
Though uninhabited on the eve of its settlement by Europeans, this area already had a 7000 year history of activity by native Americans. In 1636, this land was the low, marshy shoreline of a large saltwater cove to the west, along the eastern side . . . — Map (db m56175) HM
Rhode Island (Providence County), Providence — A Shelter for Persons Distressed
In 1636, Roger Williams bought land from the Narragansett chiefs and established a colony here near the site of a fresh water spring. Naming the town for God's providence to him, Williams declared the settlement a shelter for the persecuted of all . . . — Map (db m56176) HM
Rhode Island (Providence County), Providence — A Thoroughfare Town
This intersection was the earliest center of colonial Providence. A grist mill stood just north, at the falls of Moshassuck River, and a tannery and taverns were nearby across the street. In 1676 the natives of many tribes united against the New . . . — Map (db m56152) HM
Rhode Island (Providence County), Providence — Around the Corner from Market Squaretaken from “The Civic and Architectural Development of Providence” by John Hutchins Cady
Providence’s Downtown was not always located in its present location across the river. The first town center was located along the Moshassock River and North Main Street near St. John’s Episcopal Church. The second Downtown was located around . . . — Map (db m107762) HM
Rhode Island (Providence County), Providence — Beneficent Congregational Church
Organized in 1743 under the leadership of Joseph Snow Sr. as ruling elder First minister Rev Joseph Snow Jr. 1743-1793 Original meeting house built on this site 1744-6 Present building dedicated in 1810 Vestry and Chancel remodeled and present . . . — Map (db m56338) HM
Rhode Island (Providence County), Providence — Bethel A.M.E. Church
Former site of the Bethel A.M.E. Church 1866-1961 Beginning as a free mission in 1795, members met in the African Meeting House before purchasing this lot in 1820. The services were held in the homes of the members for over 40 years. In 1866, . . . — Map (db m30314) HM
Rhode Island (Providence County), Providence — Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski
Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski Soldier of Liberty American Revolutionary Hero 1747-1779 This monument was erected by the Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski Bi-Centennial memorial committee of Rhode Island in memory of Casimir Pulaski. A . . . — Map (db m57674) HM
Rhode Island (Providence County), Providence — Brown University Slave Trade Memorial
This memorial recognizes Brown University’s connection to the trans-Atlantic slave trade and the work of Africans and African-Americans, enslaved and free, who helped build our university, Rhode island, and the nation. In 2003 Brown . . . — Map (db m107414) HM
Rhode Island (Providence County), Providence — Burning of British Taxed Tea
Near this spot the men and women of Providence showed their resistance to the unfair taxation by burning British Taxed tea in the night March 2nd 1775 — Map (db m56349) HM
Rhode Island (Providence County), Providence — College Hill Historic District
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 and illustrating the history of the United States US . . . — Map (db m56155) HM
Rhode Island (Providence County), Providence — Colonial Wharf at South Water Street: 1910-1942 /Fox Point and the Night Boat Era 1822-1932
Providence Harbor walk at Fox Point & India Point

1. Fox Point and Night Boat Era 1822-1932 Firefly challenges the Stagecoach Era 2. Colonial Wharf at South Water Street: 1910-1942 3. Fox Point Hurricanes Barrier 1961-1966 Construction and . . . — Map (db m75989) HM

Rhode Island (Providence County), Providence — Congdon Street Baptist Church
Built in 1874 as the second meeting house and a place of worship for the 19th century Afro-American community — Map (db m57751) HM
Rhode Island (Providence County), Providence — Court and State House
This edifice of which the older portion was begun in the year of Our Lord 1760 and first occupied in 1762 was used as Court and State House by the Colony and State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations until the year 1900 — Map (db m56158) HM
Rhode Island (Providence County), Providence — First Baptist Church
Members of the Afro-American community met in the vestry of this historic church in 1819 to establish the 1st African Meeting House in Rhode Island. — Map (db m57750) HM
Rhode Island (Providence County), Providence — First Professional Theater
Site of the "first' Professional Theater in Providence from August 6, 1795- September 23, 1832 — Map (db m56281) HM
Rhode Island (Providence County), Providence — First Town House of Providence
On this lot stood the first town house of Providence here from time to time Roger Williams presided over freemen from 1644-1647 — Map (db m56159) HM
Rhode Island (Providence County), Providence — Fleur-De-Lys Studio
Fleur-De-Lys Studio Has been designated a National Historic Landmark This building possesses National Significance in Commemorating the History of the United States of America 1992 National Park Services United States Department of the . . . — Map (db m57749) HM
Rhode Island (Providence County), Providence — Fountain Street
At the turn of the century, the area around Mathewson Street was the core of Providence's entertainment district. By 1916, Providence had as many as sixteen theaters.

The site next to Grace Church marked the changes. The Nickel theater known as . . . — Map (db m56464) HM

Rhode Island (Providence County), Providence — Fox Point Cape Verdean Community
Providence Harbor walk at Fox Point & India Point 1. Fox Point and Night Boat Era 1822-1932 Firefly challenges the Stagecoach Era 2. Colonial Wharf at South Water Street: 1910-1942 3. Fox Point Hurricanes Barrier 1961-1966 Construction and . . . — Map (db m75995) HM
Rhode Island (Providence County), Providence — Fox Point: The 19th Century Port of Providence/Shipping Expands Around the PointDowngrade from goods and passengers to coal and scrap metal
Providence Harbor walk at Fox Point & India Point 1. Fox Point and Night Boat Era 1822-1932 Firefly challenges the Stagecoach Era 2. Colonial Wharf at South Water Street: 1910-1942 3. Fox Point Hurricanes Barrier 1961-1966 Construction and . . . — Map (db m75992) HM
Rhode Island (Providence County), Providence — Gabriel Bernon
Near this spot lived Gabriel Bernon a Huguenot Refugee Born Larochelle France April 6, 1644 Died Providence February 1, 1736 Merchant Colonizer Churchman — Map (db m56148) HM
Rhode Island (Providence County), Providence — Giovanni Da Verrazzano
To Giovanni Da Verrazzano The navigator from Italy who in 1524 crossed the perilous northern Ocean First to behold the coast of the future United States cast anchor in this bay explore its islands one of which because of its shape . . . — Map (db m56325) HM
Rhode Island (Providence County), Providence — Gone From Hence
Roger Williams died in Providence early in 1683, and was buried with a simple ceremony behind his home, near today's intersection of Benefit St. and Bowen St. Remains at the site were exhumed in 1860 and removed to the Old North Burying Ground. In . . . — Map (db m56154) HM
Rhode Island (Providence County), Providence — HMS Gaspee
"Sons of Liberty"

Upon this corner stood Sabin Tavern in which on the evening of June 9th 1772 the party and organized to destroy the H.R.M. schooner Gaspee. In the destruction of which was shed the first blood in the American Revolution — Map (db m56292) HM

Rhode Island (Providence County), Providence — Hope College
Erected in 1822 by Nicholas Brown, 1786 Trustee 1791 – 1825, Treasurer 1796 – 1825, Fellow 1825 – 1841, as a gift to the University which bears his name. Renovated in 1891 under the direction of Marshall Woods, 1845, . . . — Map (db m107405) HM
Rhode Island (Providence County), Providence — Horace Mann
This building honors the memory of Horace Mann 1796-1859 Brown University class of 1819

Father of American public education, Statesman, reformer, and advocate for the abolition of slavery — Map (db m59206) HM

Rhode Island (Providence County), Providence — John Brown House
The home of John Brown Reflecting the wealth and position gained from his lucrative career as a slave trader, privateer, China trade merchant and Patriot. — Map (db m56014) HM
Rhode Island (Providence County), Providence — Lady Carrington and The Blackstone Canal
If this were the year 1828 you could climb aboard the barge Lady Carrington and travel by water all the way to Worcester. It was October 8, 1828 and the Blackstone Canal had opened for passenger and cargo service between Providence and Worcester. . . . — Map (db m56470) HM
Rhode Island (Providence County), Providence — Marconi
to Gugliemo Marconi Father of Wireless Telegraphy A grateful generation erects this monument in thanksgiving for the wondrous gift of aerial communication which has enriched commerce and industry. Fostered the arts and sciences. . . . — Map (db m57581) HM
Rhode Island (Providence County), Providence — Olney Street Riot 1831
The Site of the Second Major Riot in 19th century Providence between Afro-American residents and white workers. — Map (db m57584) HM
Rhode Island (Providence County), Providence — Pembroke College Tribute
The building adjacent to this site housed Pembroke College Founded in 1891 with six students, the Woman's College in Brown University formally established in 1896 and renamed Pembroke College in 1928. The first women to receive degrees were . . . — Map (db m56330) HM
Rhode Island (Providence County), Providence — Prince Hall
PHA Dedicated To Our Founder Prince Hall First Grand Master Free and Accepted Masons Patriot Soldier Teacher Sept. 1748 - Dec. 1807 — Map (db m57580) HM
Rhode Island (Providence County), Providence — Prince Hall Masonic Lodge F.A.M.
Hiram Lodge NO.3 of the Prince Hall Masons was founded in 1797. It is the second oldest lodge in Masonic history. The Masonic order has played an invaluable role in the development of Afro-American moral values. Social skills and leadership . . . — Map (db m57579) HM
Rhode Island (Providence County), Providence — Providence (Water Street)
The site of an 18th century seaport village where seafaring merchants participated in the African slave trade. In the 20th century this port was used by Cape Verdeans who came to live in America. — Map (db m56287) HM
Rhode Island (Providence County), Providence — Repentance for Slavery
On this site Providence R.I. July 5th 1999 in conjunction with the 22nd general Synod of the United Church of Christ a group of church and community people gathered in an act of repentance for African American slavery and in celebration of human . . . — Map (db m56283) HM
Rhode Island (Providence County), Providence — Rhode Island Irish Famine Memorial
The great famine of 1845-1851 was the most important event of the Nineteenth century Ireland. In the seven terrible years between 1845 and 1851, the potato crop, on which a large majority of the Irish people depended for their survival, failed . . . — Map (db m56278) HM
Rhode Island (Providence County), Providence — Rhode Island Korean Veterans Memorial
In Tribute to Rhode Island Korean War Veterans — Map (db m56348) WM
Rhode Island (Providence County), Providence — Rhode Island Soldiers and Sailors Memorial
Erected by the people of Rhode Island to the memory of the brave men who died that their country might live (Plaque): Civil War Monument This monument commemorates the members of the 1st Rhode Island regiment and the 14th Rhode . . . — Map (db m56161) HM
Rhode Island (Providence County), Providence — Rhode Island State HouseInscription near the dome
To hold forth a lively experiment that a most flourishing civil state may stand and best be maintained with full liberty in religious concernments — Map (db m62089) HM
Rhode Island (Providence County), Providence — Roger Williams Landing 1636
Roger Williams, the founder of Rhode Island, was born in London in 1603. After graduating from Cambridge University in 1627, Williams took holy orders in the church of England. In 1630 he emigrated to the New World and settled in the Massachusetts . . . — Map (db m57585) HM
Rhode Island (Providence County), Providence — Shakespeare's Head
Built by publisher John Carter in 1772 to house the printing press of the Providence Gazette, the post office and a bookshop as well as Carter's growing family, this is one of the oldest three-story structures in Providence. So named for the . . . — Map (db m56034) HM
Rhode Island (Providence County), Providence — Sissieretta Jones"The greatest singer of her race" — 1868-1933
Matilda Sissieretta Joyner Jones, the internationally celebrated soprano known as "Black Patti" lived near this site at 7 Wheaton Street until her passing on June 24, 1933.

With 17 medals and a diamond tiara bestowed upon her, she was the . . . — Map (db m56160) HM

Rhode Island (Providence County), Providence — Snow Town Riot 1831
The site of the second major riot between Providence African American Residents and White workers — Map (db m56149) HM
Rhode Island (Providence County), Providence — Steeple Street Complex1827 - 1847
The Steeple Street Complex was built in three main stages between 1827 and 1847 during a key period in Providence's growth into a leading commercial and industrial city. When Joseph Congdon and Randall Green built the first section, 3 Steeple, to . . . — Map (db m56171) HM
Rhode Island (Providence County), Providence — Stephan Hopkins1707 - 1785 — Merchant and Ship Builder
Ten times Governor of Rhode Island Chief Justice of the Superior Court Chancellor of Brown University Member of the Colonial Congress Signer of the Declaration of Independence Lived in this house 1743-1785 Washington was here a guest . . . — Map (db m56030) HM
Rhode Island (Providence County), Providence — The ArcadeAlso known as the Providence Arcade
Has Been Designated a National Historic Landmark this site posses National significance in commemorating the history of the United States of America

An important example of modern monolithic granite construction, this is one of the most . . . — Map (db m44926) HM

Rhode Island (Providence County), Providence — The Bicentennial of Haitian IndependenceMemorial Plaza
In memory of two Haitian Freedom Fighters born into slavery, Toussaint Louverture and Jean-Jacques Dessalines symbolized those who fought for the liberation of Saint Dominque from its colonial bonds between 1791-1804. Armed with the conviction that . . . — Map (db m57583) HM
Rhode Island (Providence County), Providence — The Brown Bear
The Brown bear was originally cast in plaster by Eli Harvey. A fund raiser campaign to "put a hair on the bear" was led by Senator Theodore Francis Green Class of 1887, and resulted in the commission of a bronze sculpture in 1923, the bronze bear . . . — Map (db m56087) HM
Rhode Island (Providence County), Providence — 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 . . . — Map (db m76655) HM
Rhode Island (Providence County), Providence — The First Baptist Church
Founded by Roger Williams A.D. 1638 The oldest Baptist Church in America The oldest church in this state This meeting house erected A.D. 1773 — Map (db m56032) HM
Rhode Island (Providence County), Providence — The Fox Point Hurricane Barrier/A Second Life for the Hurricane Barrier
Providence Harbor walk at Fox Point & India Point

1. Fox Point and Night Boat Era 1822-1932 Firefly challenges the Stagecoach Era. 2. Colonial Wharf at South Water Street: 1910-1942 3. Fox Point Hurricanes Barrier 1961-1966 Construction and . . . — Map (db m75988) HM

Rhode Island (Providence County), Providence — The Grand Lodge of Rhode Island1797 1853
Saint Johns Lodge Number One F & A. M. of Providence Added and used third story of this building Dedicated by Grand Master Jabez Brown December 27, 1798 Meeting Place of The most Worshipful Grand Lodge F & A. M. of Rhode . . . — Map (db m75998) HM
Rhode Island (Providence County), Providence — The History of The Weybosset Bridge
adapted from The Civic and Architectural Development of Providence by John Hutchins Cady

Just to the north of where you are now standing the first bridge across the Providence River was erected in 1660, connecting the shore of the Neck . . . — Map (db m56466) HM

Rhode Island (Providence County), Providence — The Hurricane of September 21st 1938
Top Marker The Hurricane of September 21st 1938 driven by a wind velocity of 95 MPH max caused tidal waters to reach a new level as indicated below 13 feet 8½ inches above mean high water one foot eleven and one fourth inches higher . . . — Map (db m56293) HM
Rhode Island (Providence County), Providence — The Meeting Street School
[Upper Marker:] This building was erected in 1769 as a public school house by the town and its properties. Occupied by Brown University in 1770. One of the four first free public school buildings in 1800. Occupied by a school for colored . . . — Map (db m56049) HM
Rhode Island (Providence County), Providence — The Moshassuck RiverIts Industry and settlements as shown on an 1885 map
A Short River Through Time “Mooshausick,” was the name given by the native Narragansett tribe to the body of water that flows into the Providence River at Confluence Park. It means “river where the moose . . . — Map (db m107704) HM
Rhode Island (Providence County), Providence — The Original Water Supply
Left Plaque The Spring on this lot was the original water supply around which Roger Williams gathered the first settlers was in 1721 by reservation in the deed from the Proprietors of Providence made accessible to the townspeople . . . — Map (db m56174) HM
Rhode Island (Providence County), Providence — The Puritan and the Indian
Daniel Chester French Completed 1902 Restored 2002 by Granoff Associates Daniel Chester French is best known as the sculptor of the Lincoln Memorial and Concord's Minute Man. This statuary portrays the two cultures that defined New England . . . — Map (db m56285) HM
Rhode Island (Providence County), Providence — The Second Freewill Baptist (Pond Street) Church
This historic congregation was a leader in the anti-slavery movement. Emancipation day celebration and served as a station on the underground railroad — Map (db m57753) HM
Rhode Island (Providence County), Providence — The Site of Hardscrabble Riot 1824
The site of Addison Hollow where the first nineteenth century blacks purchased property and the site of the first major riot — Map (db m56153) HM
Rhode Island (Providence County), Providence — The Wellspring of Providence
A freshwater spring attracted Roger Williams to this site and anchored the community. Williams built his house across the street, and religious and civil meetings took place around its “gushing” waters. The spring remained in . . . — Map (db m107747) HM
Rhode Island (Providence County), Providence — The Woonasquatucket RiverIts industry and settlements as shown on an 1895 map
The Early Years “Wanasquatucket” was the name given by the native Narragansett tribe to the larger river that flows into the Providence River and Confluence Park. It means “the river where the tide ends.” This . . . — Map (db m107723) HM
Rhode Island (Providence County), Providence — Thomas A. Doyle
Eighteen years mayor of Providence Pioneer in Urban Renewal — Map (db m56284) HM
Rhode Island (Providence County), Providence — University Hall
Has Been designated a Registered National Historic Landmark Under the provisions of the Historic sites act of August 21 1935 This site possess exceptional value in commemorating and illustrating the history of the united states of America . . . — Map (db m45072) HM
Rhode Island (Providence County), Providence — Wall of HopeA Rhode Island Community Response to September 11th
This mosaic was created by more than 10,000 Rhode Island Residents of all ages, races, religion, and cultures. The magnificent artwork you see here is a tribute to loved ones lost, to the heroes of the 9-11-01 tragedy and to our hope for the . . . — Map (db m56474) HM
Rhode Island (Providence County), Providence — Welcome to India Point Park
Providence Harbor walk at Fox Point & India Point 1. Fox Point and Night Boat Era 1822-1932 Firefly challenges the Stagecoach Era 2. Colonial Wharf at South Water Street: 1910-1942 3. Fox Point Hurricanes Barrier 1961-1966 Construction and . . . — Map (db m75991) HM
Rhode Island (Providence County), Providence — Witness to History
If this building could speak, it would tell the remarkable tale of a city’s transformation. The Antram-Gray House, the oldest surviving commercial building in Providence, was built around 1730 as a residence and distillery. It soon found . . . — Map (db m107736) HM
Rhode Island (Providence County), Providence — Woonasquatucket River(Woon ahs kwa tuck it = where the salt water ends)
The Woonasquatucket River is one of the fourteen federally designated American Heritage Rivers. From its headwaters in North Smithfield, it flows to Providence where it creates Waterplace Park, and then joins other rivers to form the upper part of . . . — Map (db m57577) HM
Rhode Island (Providence County), Providence — World War I Memorial
By this memorial the city of Providence commemorates the loyal courage and fidelity of all her citizens who served in the World War whose high example still summons us to love and serve our country — Map (db m56294) HM
Rhode Island (Providence County), Riverside — Crescent Park Looff Carousel
Has been designated a National Historic Landmark This site possesses national significance in commemorating the history of the United States of America 1987 National Parks Service United States Department of the Interior — Map (db m59284) HM
Rhode Island (Providence County), Smithfield — On This Location 5 August 1943 Three Servicemen Perished — Aircraft Accident Memorial
On This Location 5 August 1943 Three Servicemen Perished in an Aircraft Accident 2LT Otis R. Portwig - Richmond VA TSGT Herbert D. Booth - Rahway NJ 2LT Saul Winsten - Pawtucket RI — Map (db m73011) HM WM

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