All Tours: 31

Orphanages, Asylums, and Almshouses

10 Locations ~ Curated by The Rhode Tour Team
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…

Mashapaug Pond

15 Locations ~ Curated by Brown University students in "Oral History and Community Memory," Spring 2014
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…

Stories from Pawtucket

7 Locations ~ Curated by Brown University students in "Methods in Public Humanities," Spring 2014
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…

Rhode Island's Black Heritage

8 Locations ~ Curated by Brown University students in "Methods in Public Humanities," Spring 2014
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 the…

Revolutionary War Fortifications of Rhode Island

6 Locations ~ Curated by Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project, D. K. Abbass, Ph.D
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, and it…

Ocean State Sampler: Foodways & Cultural Heritage

11 Locations ~ Curated by Eve Harene Dewan & Maggie Unverzagt Goddard
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…

Second Shift: New Bedford's Industrial and Immigrant Heritage

12 Locations ~ Curated by Ron M. Potvin
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…

Latinos in Rhode Island

5 Locations ~ Curated by This tour is based on Marta V. Martinez’s Latino History in Rhode Island: Nuestras Raíces (History Press, 2014) as well as the oral and visual histories at www.nuestrasraicesri.org. Molly Kerker and Jane Lancaster contributed research, content development, and editing. Translation by Roxana Mercado.
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…

Tiverton: Almost Forgotten

12 Locations ~ Curated by The Little Compton Historical Society, the Tiverton Public Library, and the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, Brown University.
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…

Adamsville

14 Locations ~ Curated by John Nicholas Brown Center
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…

Guía de RI: Latinos en Rhode Island

5 Locations ~ Curated by Esta Gúia está basado en la Historia Latina de Rhode Island: Nuestras Raíces (History Press, 2014) escrito por Marta V. Martínez, así como las historias orales y visuales en www.nuestrasraicesri.org. Molly Kerker y Jane Lancaster contribuyeron a la investigación, el desarrollo de contenidos, y la edición. La traducción se realizó por Roxana Mercado.
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,…

Little Compton Commons

4 Locations ~ Curated by John Nicholas Brown Center
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…

Pardon Gray Preserve

5 Locations ~ Curated by Tiverton Land Trust
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…

RI Film & Television Locations

7 Locations ~ Curated by Public Humanities Program, Brown University
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…

East Side of Providence

18 Locations ~ Curated by Elyssa Tardif and Rhode Tour Team
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 its…

West Side Of Providence

23 Locations ~ Curated by Taylor M. Polites
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…

Downtown Providence

16 Locations ~ Curated by Amelia Golcheski
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 River,…

Industrial Heritage Along the Woonasquatucket

10 Locations ~ Curated by Jane Gerhard
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

10 Locations ~ Curated by Elyssa Tardif
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…

Westport River Watershed

10 Locations ~ Curated by students in the 2017 Brown University course, "Power & Water: Material Culture and Environmental Impact." The students Julia Bianchi, Lauren Black, Alexander Fredman, Sasha Lieblein, Luke Perrotta, Charlotte Senders, and Liza Yeager. The instructor was Ron M. Potvin. Other entries were contributed by the Little Compton Historical Society and the Westport Historical Society.
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…

Smith Hill Neighborhood

10 Locations ~ Curated by Jennifer Wilson, Assistant Director of the Goff Center of Education at the Rhode Island Historical Society
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…

Telling (Her)Story: Women Designers in Rhode Island

16 Locations ~ Curated by Brown University students in "Telling Her Story: Women Designers in Rhode Island," Fall 2017
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 and…

Jamestown Forts: Rhode Island's First Line of Defense

5 Locations ~ Curated by The Jamestown Historical Society
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…

First Peoples of Rhode Island

10 Locations ~ Curated by Katharine Kirakosian, PhD and Tomaquag Museum
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…

Namesakes and Gravesites at North Burial Ground

13 Locations ~ Curated by Rhode Island College Associate Professor of History Erik Christiansen
Rhode Island’s landscape is marked by numerous named places, from a world-renowned university to obscure public squares and forgotten ruins. Neighborhoods and towns bear the names of people who made their contributions to the region’s development…

Music and Dancing at the "Queen of Resorts"

5 Locations ~ Curated by Brian Knoth, PhD
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…

Memorable Beaches

5 Locations ~ Curated by Janie Merrick on behalf of the Rhode Island Historical Society
“For one weary and oppressed with the heat, noise, and bustle of the dusty street, there can be no better restorative than a few hours of quiet repose and recreation ‘down the bay.’” - "Reid’s Illustrated Seaside Souvenir: A Guide to Newport,…

Providence's Vacant Spaces

12 Locations ~ Curated by Angela DiVeglia as Part of Providence Public Library’s Exhibition and Program Series, 41.8219° N, 71.4171° W, Spring 2019
It's easy to think of an open space as somewhere where nothing has yet been built, but in urban environments, that often isn't the case. Borrowing a phrase from Paul M. M. Cooper, we invite you to consider the landscape as a palimpsest, a…

Hidden Portraits at Brown

8 Locations ~ Curated by Maya Omori
Portraits are often overlooked in the daily life of a Brown student, tucked away in the halls of old buildings or hung above eye-level in Sayles Hall. But must a portrait be framed? A portrait can also be an object, a scene, a story, or a collection…

Taverns to Temperance - A Spirited Tour of Old Barrington Village

5 Locations ~ Curated by Stephen Venuti, Board Member-Barrington Preservation Society
Before the center of town shifted further south to its current location with the opening of the Town Hall in 1888, much of Barrington life centered around the Congregational Meetinghouse at 461 County Road. This area, now known as "Old Barrington…

Pond Street: A Lost Neighborhood

17 Locations ~ Curated by Taylor M. Polites
Only a stub of Pond Street remains, tucked between Interstate 95 and the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul. Before the interstate was built in the late 1950s, Pond Street stretched west up the hill and across the Central and Classical High School…