About Us

Founded in 1966, the East Providence Historical Society meetings were originally held at the Roger Williams Grange, Rumford Grange and the former Rumford Community Center.

In 1987 the Society was granted a lease from the City to occupy the historic John Hunt House in the picturesque Hunt’s Mills section in Rumford. The house, built between 1750 – 1790, is a 5 bay, center chimney, Georgian style residence typical of a well-to-do family living in a country setting.

The John Hunt House functions as a headquarters for regular and special events and is located in the southernmost tip of the Blackstone Valley National Heritage Corridor. Society members and volunteers have repaired and restored the building appropriate to the original design of the house.

Our members are dedicated to preserving the heritage and enjoying the history of our city. If you are not a member, we invite you to join us now. Our annual dues are $25 for a family membership and $15 for an individual membership. To join the historical society, please download and complete our membership application, then mail it with a check to the address listed on the top of the application.

Calendar

When What Where Details
Sept 11

1-3:30

Second Sunday Fall Open House

and Hiking at Hunts  guided walks 1:30 PM

John Hunt Museum

65 Hunts Mills Road

Exhibit – Keep Me Warm One Night – Antique Quilt Exhibit and original Somerset Pottery from 1850 Rumford Baking Powder Factory
Saturday

Sept 24

11-3

Smithsonian Free Museum Day John Hunt Museum

65 Hunts Mills Road

Exhibit – Keep Me Warm One Night – Antique Quilt Exhibit and original Somerset Pottery from 1850 Rumford Baking Powder Factory
Note change from usual Monday

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TUESDAY

Sept 27

6:30-8

         TUESDAY

Open Meeting – Public Invited

50th Anniversary Year

 

Weaver Public Library

Grove Avenue

Program at 7 PM

TUESDAY SEPT 27

Showcase of our quilt exhibit – Editors of book, Down By the Old Mill Stream, compare our quilts to those in the history of the textile industry.

Thanks to the Piecemaker Quilt Group, Linda Welker and Margaret Ordonez, presenters .Bring along a family quilt!

SAT OCT 1

11-4

6th annual

WATCHEMOKET SQUARE DAY

Tockwotten and Waterfront areas

 

Look for WSD brochures and in the Reporter and web sites

EPHS DISPLAY Tockwotten Cafe

Updates to Pomham Light in theater

Waterfront development w Bill Fazioli of Waterfront Commission

Dave Robinson – Ships Graveyard at Bold Point

Early Fire Trucks and department history on display

Oct 9

1-3:30

Second Sunday

Open House –

New Exhibits 

Early Fire Trucks, history

John Hunt Museum

65 Hunts Mills Rd

Collabortive Exhibit with EP Fire Dept – the early days of the department in Watchemoket, Riverside and Rumford

EARLY FIRE TRUCKS ON DISPLAY-VISIT THE FIRE DEPT TRAINING GROUNDS ON THE HIKING TRAIL

Nov 13

1-3:30

Second Sunday

Open House

John Hunt Museum

65 Hunts Mills Rd

Collabortive Exhibit with EP Fire Dept – the early days of the department in Watchemoket, Riverside and Rumford

EARLY FIRE TRUCKS ON DISPLAY-VISIT THE FIRE DEPT TRAINING GROUNDS ON THE HIKING TRAIL

Dec 11

1-3:30

Second Sunday

Open House

John Hunt Museum

65 Hunts Mills Rd

Collabortive Exhibit with EP Fire Dept – the early days of the department in Watchemoket, Riverside and Rumford

EARLY FIRE TRUCKS ON DISPLAY-VISIT THE FIRE DEPT TRAINING GROUNDS ON THE HIKING TRAIL

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Count Rumford himself as docent.

Womens' Christian Temperance Union Quilt from 1888

Women’s Christian Temperance Union Quilt from 1888

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jean Kesner with quilts made from feed sacks

Jean Kesner with feed sack quilts

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