East Greenwich Historic Preservation Society

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We have an exciting Fall and Winter Season Planned. On Monday, October 15th, Beth Fitzpatrick with the Rhode Island Spinners Guild, will demonstrate the art of spinning flax and share her vast knowledge. At the Old Kent County Jail, 110 King Street. Potluck at 6:30, program begins at 7:30. 

East Greenwich Historic Preservation Society

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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!


October 15
EGHPS October Meeting & Pot Luck
History of Spinning & Demonstration: Beth Fitzpatrick and Sandy Chatelle will discuss the history of spinning, focusing on spinning in the United States prior to the ...
November 12
EGHPS November Meeting and Potluck
Thanksgiving and Holiday Food Origins Chef Jack Chiaro, a professor at Johnson & Wales University will present the origins of well-loved traditional Thanksgiving and Holiday ...
December 1
Children’s Victorian Christmas Tea Party
Fun afternoon with Santa, special doll guests and tea party treats. Age 12 and under. We encourage all attending to dress for the occasion and bring ...

Fun Facts
Inscribed in the wall of the Eldredge House at the corner of Peirce and Division Streets are several Greek letters which translate to: "I was sick and ye visited me." This is a most appropriate line for the home of two of the town's most devoted physicians — Dr. Charles Eldredge and his son, Dr. James H. Eldredge
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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow purchased the Windmill Cottage on Division Street for his friend, Professor George Washington Greene. He also was instrumental in having the windmill attached to the house to serve as a study for Professor Greene.
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