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

Nov 23


Public meeting Riverside Library

Bullocks Point

Inside an early postcard booklet of Riverside

Dec 13

Hunt House open

last until early spring

Back to School exhibit
See the HH exhibit on the schools of EP - through Dec

See the HH exhibits on the schools of EP – through Dec


Count and Countess Rumford


October 26 Members’ Meeting 

What Lies Beneath? 

Perhaps you have noticed divers and kayakers in the water off Bold Point this spring and summer? David Robinson, Senior Marine Research Specialist with the URI Graduate School of Oceanography was leading a RI Sea Grant research team below the surface to map and identify 24 wrecks and the remains of a floating dry dock in what is known as Green Jacket Shoal.  As part of the Green Jacket shoal Marine Debris Removal Project, Dave will discuss the challenges of that study and the managing and protecting of these unique resources. Is there potential value for tourism, education and natural habitat in this “ship graveyard” right off the East Providence shoreline at Bold point?