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A Look Inside the History of Washington and Kent Counties, Rhode Island (1889)


In the preparation of the history of the Narragansett country every available source of information has been utilized, yet it is to be regretted that every work of this kind contains imperfections. It is hoped, however, that the defects in this work are comparatively trifling and that the citizens of Washington and Kent counties will have reason to be satisfied with the record.

Records of every kind, town, church and court, unpublished manuscripts, standard histories, private diaries, letters and local traditions have furnished the material, which has been sifted, collated and arranged according to the writer’s ability.

When making extracts from records and ancient documents we have given as far as possible faithful transcripts of the originals, copying the dates and spelling as written. This will account for the occasional inconsistency in the orthography of names. In many instances the spelling of the names has changed, as that of Pierce, written Peirce, and also by others, Pearce.

The author sincerely thanks the many kind friends who have generously aided in the preparation of this work. Particular acknowledgment is due to Frederick T. Rogers, M. D, of Westerly, who wrote the medical history of Washington county, and to Doctor James H. Eldredge, who wrote the history of the physicians of East Greenwich and other sketches of that town; to Peleg F. Pierce and to ex-Governor John J. Reynolds for their assistance in the preparation of the history of North Kingstown; to John G. Clarke for the history of the Great Swamp Fight and of the County Agricultural Society; to Mrs. B. F. Robinson and Jeffrey W. Potter, both of South Kingstown, and Thomas A. Reynolds of East Greenwich, for various sketches furnished; to Joseph Peace Hazard, of South Kingstown, who contributed the following views: “Hazard Memorial Castle,” “Druidsdream,” “The Cottage,” “Home of the late Rowland Gibson Hazard, LL.D, “Oakwoods,” “The Acorns,” “Peace Dale Mills,” and “Congregational Church, Peace Dale”; to Reverend J. L. Cottrell and Deacon A. Langworthy for assistance in the preparation of the town history of Hopkinton; to Professor W. F. Tucker, who wrote the history of Charlestown, and to Charles W. Hopkins, who prepared the sketches for the history of the town of West Greenwich; to Edwin Babcock for the history of the banks of Westerly; to George H. Babcock and Honorable Henry E. Chamberlin for the business history of Westerly; to Dwight R. Adams, who wrote the history of the Masonic fraternity of Kent county, and to others for various contributions.


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A Look inside Reminiscences of Newport by George Champlin Mason

Due to family ties that united the Perry and Champlin families in Newport, George Champlin Mason’s architectural practice was assured when launched in 1860 with the commission for the August Belmont Villa By-the-Sea. Two and a half decades later he was the perfect choice to compile a history of Rhode Island’s famous sea-side town.

This volume can be found in the Rhode Island listings in our American County Histories collection. This book stands out among others for its strong focus on architectural details and the inclusion of so many sketches and photos of public buildings and private homes in Newport.  A very small selection is included below.


NEWPORT, R. I., May 26, 1884.


Many of the lovers of old Newport, who treasure its pleasant memories and are pained to realize that some of them are fading and passing away, are very desirous to persuade you to embody in a book the valuable and interesting letters which you have contributed to the Providence Journal and New York Evening Post for many years, over the signature of Aquidneck and Champlin.

If you will favorably regard our wishes and will comply with this expression of them, we are assured that it will gratify and instruct a host of readers, and will embalm in a more permanent form individual sketches and historical associations which are otherwise likely to be lost.

Very truly yours,