New 44 Page Illustrated Booklet.The history of Coventry town (township) in Kent County and two Providence County towns -- Foster and Scituate -- are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this 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, dark blue and black on Natural Skytone Parchtone stock. Coventry (Kent County) encompasses the communities of: Coventry, Anthony, Arkwright, Barclay, Black Rock, Coventry Centre, Fairbanks, Greene, Hopkins Hollow, Harris, Nipmuc, Potterville, Quidnick, Spring Lake, Whalley, and Washington (formerly Braytonville). Foster (Providence County) encompasses the communities of: Foster, Foster Centre, Mount Vernon, and Hopkins Mills. Scituate (Providence County) encompasses the communities of: Ashland, Clayville, Kent's Corners, Hope Village, North Scituate, Ponagansett, Richmond, Rockland, Scituate, and South Scituate. 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, including Moswansicut Post, and geological traits; Town Organizations and names of many early officials; "Earmarks," an early form of branding cattle; the test oath of loyalty; Gen. Nathaniel Greene, Revolutionary War hero; Early Settlers and Population Origins; Industries; Physicians and Lawyers; Banks; a Temperance Tavern; Church histories; Secret Societies with names of early officers; Banks; Education, including Lapham Institute; Mount Hygeia and the abiding friendship of Senator Theodore Foster and Dr. Solomon Drowne; the "Mystery" of Sen. Foster's papers; the Mathewson family, the Hopkins family, James Aldrich, Gideon Harris, John Hulet, Benjamin Joslin, Col. William West, and Joseph Wilkinson (and his bear-hunting wife), notable residents of Situate; Situate in the Revolution; the Angell Tavern, visited by Washington, Lafayette and Franklin, and other Public Houses; Secret Societies and some early officers; a couple of ghostly tales and other interesting bits of history and trivia. There's also an early map of the state, a population table, and descriptions of notable homes and other points of interest in the area. The booklet contains two very nice full-page sketches: the residence of Charles A. Harris and the estate of Albert W. Harris, Elmdale.