The history of four Newport County towns (townships) 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. This new 56 page illustrated 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. The four towns include Little Compton (including Little Compton Common and Adamsville), Tiverton (including Tiverton Four Corners), Middletown, in the center portion of Aquidneck Island, and Portsmouth, on the northern end of Aquidneck Island, including Prudence, Patience and other small islands, Lawton's Valley, Glen-anna, Portsmouth (formerly Pocasset), South Portsmouth, and Newtown. 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, such as Narragansett Bay; Early Settlers and Population Origins; Contracts with Indians, showing their their "marks"; Graveyard inscriptions, including Elizabeth Alden Pebodie, first white woman born in America; Captain Benjamin Church's description of the "non-burial" of the Indian chief known as King Philip; Town organizations; First General Assembly members and other officials; Early council actions; Separation of the Newport Colony; Alarm system; Coal Mining; Hostility of Massachusetts and Plymouth Colonies; Portsmouth in the Revolution, Daring Capture of General Prescott by Americans; Battle of Rhode Island; Capture of a British Galley; Stone Bridge connecting Tiverton with the Island of Rhode Island (also called Aquidneck); Manufactories; View of Portsmouth before and after the Revolutionary War; Newspapers; Schools, Churches, Transportation; Secret Societies, with many names included; Schools and Churches, including the history of the Friends Meeting House; the Bristol Ferry to Portsmouth; an old millstone; and other interesting bits of history and trivia. There's also an early map of the state, a population table covering the 20th Century, and descriptions of notable homes and other points of interest in the area. The booklet contains a very nice full-page sketch of the residence of Elbert Anderson, Redwood Farm, in Portsmouth. Other pictures include St. George's Schook in Middletown, Mount Hope Bridge between Bristol and Portsmouth, and Holy Trinity Church in Tiverton.
Little Compton Middletown Portsmouth and Tiverton, RI
Sources: History of the State of Rhode Island / History of Portsmouth, Little Compton, Middletown and Tiverton
Authors: John Warner Barber
Original Publication Year: 1878
Original Publisher: Hoag, Wade and Co.
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