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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

From the Charlestown Historical Society


THE CHARLESTOWN HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Cross' Mills

FALL 2017

Summer at CHS has certainly moved along quickly and has brought both new memberships and acquisitions.  Upon request, this year we plan to extend our regular open hours through Columbus Day Weekend, Friday & Saturdays, 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  We are also happy to open upon request to accommodate visitors and research inquiries.

Thank you to all who have come by to chat, share and contribute.

Sincerely,

Charlestown Historical Society 
MEET AMOS GREENE, JR.

In honor of one of our Town's founding families and in conjunction with the upcoming Revolutionary War Encampment on the Amos Greene Farm, CHS has commissioned a recreation of the authentic period clothing of our own Captain Amos Greene, Jr.


Captain Greene's father built his colonial home and farm circa 1740.  It was Amos, Jr. who rose to the occasion as an American Patriot in 1776 and led his local militia in the Revolutionary War, including the Battle of Rhode Island.  Musters were held on this farm property and the original homestead still stands as it did back then.


The replica clothing depicts the actual material and style that was common during that time era.  Come on in and meet Amos - you'll be glad you did!

1792 DOCUMENT

A rare acquisition this summer was an original 1792 document discussing payment for services rendered in the Revolutionary War and signed by Town Clerk, Peleg Cross, who also served in the war.  Peleg's family settled and lived in Cross' Mills for over two centuries.  Stanton, Sheffield, Hoxsie, Babcock and Saunders are some of the other early colonial names appearing on this document. 

CHS plans to have this artifact preserved at the Northeast Documentation Conservation Center as we have with many of the other priceless relics in the Archive.  It will be on permanent display shortly.

ENCAMPMENT AT AMOS GREENE FARM
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2017
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
ENCAMPMENT AT AMOS GREENE FARM



We'd like to remind you to mark your calendars now for this upcoming event.  This year we will present the encampment on a larger scale, including scheduled skirmishes between the British and the Colonial Militias aided by French Troops in the battle for freedom.  Also on hand will be the Cape Cod Blue Jackets Fife & Drum Corps and many period vendors including blacksmiths, weavers, cooking demonstrations, etc.


The Ricci Family has lovingly restored this original 100-acre farm allowing CHS to bring its history back to life.

THANK YOU FOR CARING
Finally, the CHS Board of Directors extends their sincere appreciation to all of you for your annual membership commitment and donations without which all of the above would not be possible.  This fall some much-needed maintenance to the outside of the Archive is planned. 

Your donations are tax deductible.  If you would like to make a 2017 donation, please address any correspondence to the address below.

Thank you, again, for your support.
About Us
 Charlestown Historical Society
P.O. Box 100
Charlestown, RI  02813
401-364-1838


The Charlestown Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization registered in the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.