All Tours: 25

Explore the history and development of social welfare in Rhode Island. From the early nineteenth century until the present, numerous institutions throughout the state have provided care to infants, orphans, delinquents, those with disabilities, and…

Providence's Mashapaug Pond has been forgotten and overlooked for decades, contaminated by industrial pollution and separated from the communities that surround it. Now, the pond comes alive as an imagined place, present in memories of former…

Best known as the birthplace of America's industrial revolution, the city of Pawtucket boasts a rich history filled with stories of vice and virtue, bicycles and bravery. First transformed in the 1700s from rural community to urban center by…

People of African descent have been part of Rhode Island’s population and culture since the seventeenth century. For a century, they were carried to Rhode Island’s shores aboard slaving vessels, and they helped build the fledgling colony. When…

Rhode Island’s Revolutionary War history may not share the luster of nearby Massachusetts’, but the smallest colony was the site of one of the largest battles of the war. The town of Newport occupied a strategic location on the Atlantic coast,…

Food plays a central role in creating cultural identity. Learn about the many different groups who have shaped Rhode Island’s identity through their culinary practices and gastronomic connections. Visit a local market that sells Brazilian food and…

Listen closely and you might still hear the footsteps of the workers who tramped between their tenements and the textile mills. New Bedford is known mostly for its whaling past, but in the 19th century rolls of cloth overtook barrels of whale oil as…

Walk along Broad Street, South Providence, and you see stores selling plantains and yuca, hear people speaking Spanish and eating at restaurants run by Puerto Ricans, Dominicans and Guatemalans. Fifty years ago, Broad Street looked and sounded very…

What you didn't know about Tiverton will surprise you. From Paul Revere to Charles Nelson Reilly, from a brutal form of punishment to a heroic Revolutionary War raid, Tiverton's history is captured in its familiar and almost-forgotten…

Although technically a village within the town of Little Compton, Adamsville has been a vibrant, independent community since its founding in the 1600s. Its location at the head of a river and along an overland route connecting New Bedford to Newport…

Camina por la calle Broad en la cuidad de Providence el día de hoy y encontrarás tiendas vendiendo productos como los plátanos y la yuca, escucharás a mucha gente hablando en español y comiendo en restaurantes dirigidos por Puertorriqueños,…

The Commons has served as Little Compton's center of civic, social and religious life since the 17th century. In 1677, Little Compton's original "proprietors" set aside land for common use - including space for a meeting hall and a burying…

The 230-acre Pardon Gray Preserve was purchased and preserved as permanent open space by the Tiverton Land Trust in 2000. It is an active farm and forest preserve adjacent to Main Road in South Tiverton and contiguous with the 550 acre Weetamoo Woods…

According to the online film and television resource IMDb, more than two-hundred feature films, forty television series, and thirty television movies have been filmed in Rhode Island. The Rhode Island Film and Television Office counts sixty-two…

According to legend, when Roger Williams crossed the Seekonk River a group of Narragansett called out to their English friend, asking what news he brought: “What cheer, netop?” The legend solidifies Providence’s founding story and underscores…

Beyond Interstate 95 lies Providence’s West Side. A concrete bridge over a river of traffic takes you into the city of immigrants and strivers, of industrialists in Broadway mansions and mill workers in cramped triple-deckers. Colonial…

Bordered by the Providence River and Interstate 95 is Providence’s downtown neighborhood, the geographical, political, economic, and cultural core of Rhode Island’s capital. Colonial Providence was born on the East Side along the Providence…

Why have an industrial tour of a river? The Woonasquatucket didn’t always look this way, hemmed in by brick buildings, cement sidewalks and asphalt streets on both sides. To see the past, look at the greenery along the water’s edge. There you can…

The Dorr Rebellion of 1841-42 was more a war of words than weapons. Some accounts call it a rebellion, others, a war. Frederick Douglass called it the “Dorr excitement.” Writers in the 19th century were less than praiseworthy: Samuel Kettle, or…

The Westport River is an estuary, where fresh water merges with salty tidal waters from the ocean. These environmental conditions created rich biodiversity in fish and wildlife that has long been exploited by Native peoples and Europeans. When…

In Providence's history, there is a “golden century” from about 1830 through 1930 when the city flourished. Settled originally on the East Side, Providence expanded to the west, first into our present-day downtown and then further outward as…

This tour focuses on the design-related work of women in Rhode Island from the late 19th century to the present day, exploring how women—as individuals and in collectives—practiced design in ways that were often oriented toward social progress…

For most of our country's history, Jamestown has played a major role in protecting out shorelines with military installations on Conanicut, Dutch, and Gould Island. The location of Conanicut and the surrounding islands has always been…

The First Peoples of the area now referred to as Rhode Island have cared for these lands and, in turn, been cared for by them for thousands of years. When Europeans arrived, colonists were met by strong tribal nations with complex societies and…

On this tour, explore the role of music and social dancing during Newport's rebirth and ascent to becoming a premier summer resort destination in the mid-19th-century. Known as Newport's "hotel period," the era between 1840 and 1865…