Smithville Seminary


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Smithville Seminary
Rhode Island Historical Society

This lithograph shows the buildings of the Watchman Industrial School as they would have looked shortly after construction. The buildings were constructed in 1839-40, by Russell Warren, a prominent Rhode Island architect for the Rhode Island Association of Freewill Baptists. They intended that the Smithville Seminary "should occupy a sort of middle ground between the Common School and the College and yet be helpful to both, by fitting teachers for the one and students for the other, and at the same time prepare a class of young persons for the discharge of the various business transactions of life by a training in the different arts and sciences beyond the scope of the common school."


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