This natural outlook over Boston Neck and Narragansett Bay is traditionally associated with the tragic tale of Hannah Robinson, which is a major feature in the folklore of Rhode Island. Hannah was the beautiful daughter of Rowland Robinson, a prominent member of the wealthy Narragansett planter society of the mid-eighteenth century. Her story, which has been frequently retold since the mid-nineteenth century, tells of her love affair with a suitor who was judged unsuitable by her father. In the face of her father's opposition, Hannah eloped and settled with her husband in Providence.
Estranged from her family, beset by poverty and perhaps plagued by an unfaithful husband (accounts vary), Hannah lapsed into a fatal decline. Finally relenting in his opposition, Rowland Robinson journeyed to Providence to bring his daughter home to Boston Neck. As the travelers reached McSparran Hill, Hannah asked to be set down for a while to enjoy her favorite view over her homeland. Shortly thereafter she died, but she and her romantic history continue to be commemorated in the overlook which bears her name.
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