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.


When What Where Details

Aug 14


Sunday Open House Keep Me Warm One Night

Antique Quilt Exhibit

Somerset Pottery Exhibit

Museum quilts plus those from the Piecemaker’s Group, Newman Church
Pottery has returned home from Indiana where Rumford Baking Power is now made.
Aug 20


The Looff. 

East Providence Arts Festival

The Looff carousel 

700 Bullocks Point


The carousel repairs are complete. I




Count Rumford himself as docent.

Womens' Christian Temperance Union Quilt from 1888

Women’s Christian Temperance Union Quilt from 1888









Jean Kesner with quilts made from feed sacks

Jean Kesner with feed sack quilts