The history of two Bristol County towns (townships) -- Barrington and Warren -- are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this 42 page spiral-bound booklet, reprinted from two hard-to-find books: History of the State of Rhode Island published in 1878 by Hoag, Wade and Co., Philadelphia, and Rhode Island, a Guide to the Smallest State, a WPA project published in 1937. The booklet measures 11" x 8 1/2" and is printed one-sided on 60# paper. A clear vinyl sheet has been added to protect cover, which is printed in copper, blue and black on Natural Skytone Parchtone stock. The 1878 book excerpts cover the early development of this area, while passages from the WPA book, give a nostalgic glimpse from a later vantage point, including interesting historical notes, especially as they relate to sightseeing possibilities. Among the many and diverse subjects taken from these books are: Physical features and geological traits; First town officials; Early Settlers and Population Origins; Indian History; Close ties with Massachusetts history; Arrival of Baptists; Socialistic tendancies; John Brown Sr., Thomas Willett, John Myles and other leaders; Unusual Distribution of Land; Various Church histories; Manufacturers; Education including the Warren Ladies' Seminary, University Grammar School, and Prince's Hill Family and Day School; Massasoit, an Indian King; Boundary lines; Attack on Warren in Revolutionary War; General William Barton, a hometown hero; the launching of "The Pride of the Ocean"; Ancient Landmarks and Reminiscences of Early Times; Search for the Buried Treasure of Captain Kidd resulting in "the Darby Affair"; Business Interests; Dentists and Physicians; Banks; Hotels; the Narragansett Fire Department; the Warren Artillery; the Press; Fraternal and Philanthropic Societies with names of early officers; Warren Public Library; and numerous other interesting bits of history and trivia. There's also an 1870s map of the state, a county by county 20th Century population table, and info on points of interest throughout the area.
Barrington and Warren, RI
Sources: History of the State of Rhode Island / Barrington and Warren Histories
Authors: John Warner Barber
Original Publication Year: 1878
Original Publisher: Hoag, Wade and Co.
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