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Friday, October 11, 2019

From the Charlestown Historical Society...


FALL 2019

Dear CHS Supporter,

The summer season here at CHS has been graced by visitors returning to Charlestown in search of their roots, and community members learning about the history in their own backyard. Thank you to all who have come  by to enjoy the Museum and 1838 Schoolhouse and chat, share their histories or  contribute.  

As the  fall and  winter seasons begin, please note that we are open all year long by appointment at:

We now have a new website, updated with more information and photos.  You can find us at:


The Charlestown Historical Society Board of Directors

Lost Mill Villages of South County
November 13th @ 6:30 pm
Champlin Room - Cross' Mills Public Library

Mark your calendars now for this special presentation by Mark Kenneth Gardner,      co-sponsored by the Charlestown Historical Society and the Cross' Mills Public Library.

The history of our mills in Carolina, Shannock, Cross' Mills,  Kenyon and  other  villages across South
County is woven together by the communities that sprung up around them. Over the centuries much has changed and they now stand as silent reminders of our local history.

Join us in the Champlin Room on November 13th, as we step back in time and gain a better understanding of Charlestown's past and its place among South County's lost mills.

Coming Later This Winter ...
In collaboration with Brown University Center for Slavery and Justice, Chariho Humanities Dept., ecological designer & sculptor, Ana Flores and the Cross Mills Public Library, the CHS will turn its attention to a project that has become an international movement to address the plight of slavery, its hidden lives and hidden labor.  Late winter & early spring of 2020, an exhibition will be presented at the library along with a grouping of author presentations addressing the 'Middle Passage', its ports of call and its history that so strongly affected our growth as a young colony.   More to come .......

And Finally .....
CHS's undertaking of a three-year project to restore the Card House Murals has  finally come  to fruition.   Through  collaboration  with  the Champlin
Foundation, The American Institute of Conservation and local volunteers, the project entailed the preservation of two rare murals uncovered in the 1732 Card house in Charlestown, owned by Mr. and Mrs Tom Ready. 

These murals appear to have been painted in the early 1830s and portray George Washington and his close companion, the Marquis de Lafayette. The picture displayed here is pre-restoration. The murals are now in their permanent home at the Charlestown Town Hall with a written history displayed. Stop in to the council chamber the next time you are there and admire some very special relics of American history!!
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Charlestown Historical Society
P.O. Box 100
Charlestown, RI  02813
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