About Us- Our 50th Anniversary Year!

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.

“All Quiet on the Rappahannock Tonight: The Civil War Letters of Lt. Peter Hunt”

To commemorate our 50th anniversary, we have published a book of Civil War letters from Lt. Peter Hunt, great grandson of John Hunt Jr., to his family. With the blessing of Hunt family descendants, Fran and Peter Gross and Tim Philbrick, we bring you Peter’s story of honor, bravery, and inspiration. The book is available at the Hunt House for $15.99 plus tax. If you would like to reserve a copy, please email us at ephsmarker@gmail.com. It is also available on Amazon: All Quiet on the Rappahannock Tonight.

Calendar

When What Where Details
9/10

1-3:30

Second Sunday

John Hunt Museum

65 Hunts Mills Road 02916

A 100 Year Retrospective Through the Lens of a Camera

Last chance to view these photos

Walks – meet at Gazebo at 1:30

Talks – Master Gardener- Dividing big perennials 2:30 – 3:00

Sat 9/23

11-3:00

Smithsonian Day

John Hunt Museum

65 Hunts Mills Road 02916

Free Admission to museums across the country.  A chance to visit Hunt House on a Saturday..
Monday 9/25

6:30 pm

General Meeting

Weaver Library All Quiet on the Rappahannock Tonight: The Civil War letters of Lt Peter Hunt 1861-1864

Descendants of the Hunt Family will speak.. Actors in period dress will read from the letters ..Details in Gazette

Refreshments – 6:30  Meeting 7:00

Sat 9/30

11-4 pm

7th Annual Celebration of

Watchemocket Sq Day

EPHS based at Tockwotton  100 Waterfront Drive Exhibits – Civil War Effort, Letters and Rumford Baking Powder Co.

Guided Walking Tours- It’s All in the Porches – 4th – 6th streets  11 and 1  meet at St Mary’s Church-65 Warren Ave. Guide Dave Kelleher

Mini Presentations at Tockwotton theater – The EP Waterfront -1 and 2 Bill Fazoli

All Quiet on the Rappahannock Tonight – readings and background discussions of this book – Sandra Turgeon, editor and Steve Hug, actor

Green Jacket Shoal:Making the Case for a Marine Historic District-Dave Robinson- 10, 11, 12.  meet in doors and shuttle to Bold Point.

 

 

 

10/8

1-3:30

Second Sunday John Hunt Museum

65 Hunts Mills Road 02916

All Quiet on the Rappahannock Tonight: The Civil War letters of Lt Peter Hunt 1861-1864  (see details about this book above) (Also close up and readings at upcoming general meeting)

Walk – meet at gazebo – 1:30

Talks – Master Gardner – Putting the Garden to Bed  2:30 – 3:00

11/12

1-3:30

Second Sunday John Hunt Museum

65 Hunts Mills Road 02916

All Quiet on the Rappahannock Tonight: The Civil War letters of Lt Peter Hunt 1861-1864  (see details about this book above)

Walk – meet at gazebo – 1:30

 

12//10

1-3:30

Second Sunday John Hunt Museum

65 Hunts Mills Road 02916

All Quiet on the Rappahannock Tonight: The Civil War letters of Lt Peter Hunt 1861-1864  (see details about this book above)

Walk – meet at gazebo – 1:30

 

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