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
May 8


Hunt House Museum open- trails and more, herring run, trout stocked

Master Gardening Day – Free plants for Moms. Seeds for all

Hunts Mills-John Hunt Museum

65 Hunts Mills Road


Antique Quilt Exhibit

“Keep Me Warm One Night”

See new page Quilt Exhibit 2016 for more views of the amazing quilts!

May 23 7pm Public Meeting

“Laff in the Dark”

The Spooky Places of Crescent Park

Brookdale East Bay

1440 Wampanoag Trail

Spooky Crescent Park

George LaCross

memories and details – how the rides were invented and built

  **  See Spring 2016 Events page for Spring programs- Antique Quilt Exhibit and what you might have missed!




















Count Rumford himself as docent.

Womens' Christian Temperance Union Quilt from 1888

Womens’ Christian Temperance Union Quilt from 1888

Visitors learn about the herring run

Visitors learn about the fish ladder



Count Rumford gives plants to visiting families on Mother's Day

Count Rumford gives plants to visiting families on Mother’s Day