Things for a Historian to Do in Rhode Island
Founded in 1636 by Roger Williams with the promise of religious tolerance and settled by Native American tribes including the Narragansetts and Wampanoags long before that, Rhode Island has been at the forefront of more than three hundred years of American history. The first colony to declare independence from England and the last to ratify the constitution, Rhode Island, though small, had a big impact on the early days of the United States of America. Visitors can view the Royal Charter of 1663 from King Charles II recognizing Rhode Island as a colony at the Rhode Island state house, tour Spell Hall, the home of George Washington’s second in command Major General Nathanael Greene or dine at Newport’s White Horse Tavern which opened in 1673 and was the favorite haunt of colonists, British soldiers and founding fathers.
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HistorianRhode Island State HouseOne of the grandest state houses in the U.S. for the country's smallest state. Designed by the...
HistorianWhite Horse TavernOldest operating tavern in America featuring non pretentious fine dining and service.
HistorianSlater MillIncludes Slater Mill (1793), birthplace of American industry, the Sylvanus Brown House (1758), an...
HistorianSmith's CastleThe site of circa 1638 trading posts established by Rhode Island founder Roger Williams and trader...