East Greenwich Historic Preservation Society

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We have an exciting Fall and Winter Season Planned. Visit the East Greenwich Free Library this month to view our exhibit on the physical destruction and personal impact of the Hurricane of 1938. Our first meeting will be on Saturday, September 15th from 1-3:00 pm. Rather than our usual potluck, this meeting will be held at the East Greenwich Free Library and will be followed by a lecture on predicting hurricane impacts on our coastline. Stay tuned. Hopefully by our October meeting we will have more accessible parking for attendees.

East Greenwich Historic Preservation Society

                                                                                                                Est. 1967


110 King Street - Headquarters of the EGHPS

Our headquarters: the Old Kent County Jail, 110 King St., East Greenwich
When the Colonel Micah Whitmarsh House, the Brick House, at 294 Main Street, East Greenwich, was to be razed to make way for a parking lot, a number of the townsfolk foresaw what the future could hold. Already the Old Town Hall had disappeared and a number of lovely old houses had been demolished to make way for nondescript purposes. The whole character of the town was going to change if this were allowed to continue.  
  In 1967 the East Greenwich Preservation Society was formed, primarily to acquire and save the Brick House. The building was refurbished, financed with money obtained from dues, donations, grants and bank loans, and became a working asset of the town. 
    In 1969 the “Old Kent County Jail” at 110 King Street was scheduled to be torn down or moved to change the traffic pattern on Water Street. The Society rallied in support of the Jail, purchased the structure and it remains on its original site as the headquarters of the East Greenwich Historic Preservation Society.  

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Ongoing Projects

  • Encouraging the protection and preservation of buildings, neighborhoods, documents, photographs and items of historic significance.
  • Monthly programs which are open and free to the public.
  • Continued restoration of the Old Jail.
  • Sponsoring programs that foster community growth.
  • Publishing The Packet, a newsletter with in-depth history of the Town.
  • Participating in educational and civic events.


Help Protect and Preserve the History of
East Greenwich, Rhode Island!


September 1
80th Anniversary of the 1938 Hurricane
Photo Exhibit -  Images of the 1938 Hurricane with extracts from the diary of Anne (Allen) Holst. On display are over 50 photographs and newspaper clippings ...
October 15
EGHPS October Meeting & Pot Luck
Flax Spinning Demonstration and History:  Beth Fitzpatrick, President of the Rhode Island Spinners Guild, will demonstrate the art of spinning flax and share her vast ...

Fun Facts
Frederick Douglass spoke at the East Greenwich Academy in 1888.
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Major William Gibbs McNeill, Chief Engineer of the Railroad and uncle of James McNeill Whistler, the famous American painter, designed the handsome double-arch, granite bridge (1837) on King Street, with George Washington Whistler, the father of James.
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