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.


  • Sunday November 9, 1:00 – 3:00 pm   Hunt House Museum open    Hunts Mills Road, Rumford, RI
  • Monday November 24, 7 pm  General Meeting, Public Invited, Newman Congregational Church, 100 Newman Avenue, Rumford, RI

               “A Case History- A Grave Matter”   Everyone knows where Uncle Tony’s is on Newport Avenue but does everyone know that the lot which Uncle Tony’s uses for parking  was

the Case Cemetery?  In 2013, the Plymouth Archeological Rediscovery Project undertook a dig of the site with state of the art technology. Project director, Craig Chartier,  presents

some amazing discoveries and artifacts.

  • Sunday December 14, 1-3:30 pm – Hunt House Museum Open,  65 Hunts Mills Road, Rumford, RI  Crescent Park On the Ten Mile    Serowik Collection