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.


When What Where Details
Tues 8/1

4-7 pm

Wine and Weeding

Hunt House gardens 

see Master Gardening page for future dates

Sun 8/13


Second Sunday

Hunt House Museum open

Walks and Talks 2:30

Medicinal/Culinary Plants

John Hunt Museum

65 Hunts Mills Rd

Exhibit – Hunt’s Mills – a 100

Year Retrospective Through the Lens of a Camera

Hikes – 1:30 Meet Ernie Germani from EP Conservation at Gazebo