Monday, May 6, 2013
Roger Williams University students to present findings of their research on Wednesday, May 8, into Barrington's former brick and lace industries.
Learn all about Barrington's former brick and lace industries on Wednesday evening, May 8.. Students from Roger Williams University who have been researching the town's industrial past will reveal their findings in the Barrington library auditorium. The "Bricks and Lace" presentation starts at 7 pm. The session is the result of a partnership between the Town Museum operated by the Barrington Preservation Society and Roger Williams University's Community Partnership Center, said Carole Villucci, museum director. "Students have spent the spring semester researching Barrington’s industrial past," she said. The research was led by Professor Jennifer Stevens, Villucci said. The focus was on labor history at the former Barrington Brick Works and…
Monday, March 25, 2013
The State Housing Appeals Board sets first hearing on the Barrington Planning Board's rejection of 'The Residences at the Preserve'; it will determine 'abutter intervention'.
The first hearing on the appeal by the developer of the Barrington Planning Board’s rejection of the condominium complex proposed at Nockum Hill has been scheduled for April 3. But the only item on the agenda is whether abutters to the proposed development -- Residences at the Preserve -- will be allowed to intervene, said Christine Darocha, the administrator for the State Housing Appeals Board (SHAB). The name of the complex comes from its proximity to the Doug Rayner Wildlife Preserve. The April 3 hearing will be public. It will start at 4 pm in Suite 500 of the offices of the Nixon Peabody law firm at 1 Citizens Plaza in Providence. The general counsel for SHAB, Steve Richard, is an attorney with Nixon Peabody. “SHAB usually allows …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
The RI Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission approves the Allen-West Homestead for eligibility for the national and state registers of historic places.
An historic Barrington home has been approved for eligibility for listing in the National and State Registers of Historic Places. The Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission Review Board voted unanimously last Wednesday, Jan. 9, to approve the eligibility of the 1763 Allen-West Homestead at 153 George St. "There is excellent information about this house... it is certainly worthy of recognition," said Ronald Onorato, an art professor at the University of Rhode Island. The nomination cited the significance of the homestead in three specific ways: "Nockum Hill was settled in the late 1660s around the site of the meeting house of a Baptist congregation, led by the Rev. John Myles, an early advocate of religious toleration…
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
A Roger Williams University archival-research class unveils its historic findings at a presentation in the Barrington library on Tuesday evening.
Barrington got a history lesson Tuesday evening, Dec. 11, about some of its earliest citizens. Among the historical facts imparted by a Roger Williams University archival-research class at a presentation on the town’s industrial past in the Barrington library: The historical facts were part of a presentation titled: “People in Place: Manufacturing Households in Antebellum Barrington (1820-1860).” It was sponsored by the Barrington Preservation Society as part of its relationship with the Community Partnership Program at Roger Williams University. The students were in a class led by Nancy Austin, an archival research professor at the university. They researched the 34 names on the 1820 census that indicated they were manufacturers in …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
An archival-research class at Roger Williams University will unveil what they discovered about Barrington before the Civil War on Tuesday evening, Dec. 11.
"It's kind of a big detective story." That's how Nancy Austin, an adjunct professor of history at Roger Williams University, describes the research done by her class this fall on Barrington's "captains of industry" before the Civil War. The archival-research class will reveal just what they found tonight, Dec. 11, in the Barrington library auditorium. The session starts at 7 pm. It's titled “People in Place: Manufacturing Households in Antebellum Barrington, RI (1820-1860).” The class did the research as part of a year-long Community Partnership with the Barrington Preservation Society. “There are some fabulous little stories,” said Austin, who guided the class as part of a year-long Community Partnership with the Barrington Preservation …
Friday, November 30, 2012
Students in an archival research class at Roger Williams University uncover Barrington's manufacturers before the Civil War; they will reveal their findings on Dec. 11.
Who were Barrington’s “Captains of Industry” before the Civil War? An archival research class at Roger Williams University has been answering that question this fall as part of a year-long Community Partnership with the Barrington Preservation Society. “They’ve discovered more than I ever knew,” said Carole Villucci, director of the Town Museum operated by the preservation society. “I like having an academic component.” “There are some fabulous little stories,” said Nancy Austin, an adjunct professor at Roger Williams University who guided the class made up mostly of graduate students. “It’s kind of a big detective story.” You can find out what the students discovered on Tuesday evening, Dec. 11, in the Barrington library auditorium. The …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
The Town Museum operated by the Barrington Preservation Society looks at how Barringtonians enjoyed themselve in its latest exhibit, 'Let's Celebrate'.
Take a look back at how Barringtonians enjoyed themselves at social gatherings. "Let's Celebrate" is the latest exhibit at the Town Museum operated by the Barrington Preservation Society. It will open sometime in early December. "The exhibit features vintage costume jewelry made in what was known as the Rhode Island jewelry district -- featuring Coro, Monet, Trifari, etc.," said Carole Villucci, museum director. "We will have celebratory vintage photographs, a music section featuring the trombone from the Community House Band, historic formal wear for both a woman and man, and a beautiful quilt from the early 19th century," she said. "Another section will showcase 'special occasion' dining featuring early 20th century silver and glass," …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
The Barrington Preservation Society to honor three historic homes in the Drownville neighborhood with plaques; event is Monday, Oct. 22.
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Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Three more Barrington homes and their owners will be honored by the preservation society with historic plaques next Monday evening, Oct. 22. The Annual Plaque Program event will be held in the Barrington library auditorium. It starts at 7 pm. “All three houses are connected to the legacy of patriarch Alfred Drown, who helped develop Drownville after the opening of the Providence, Warren & Bristol RR in 1855,” said Elizabeth “Bonnie” Warren, chair of the plaque program. “This will bring the total of historic homes that display the BPS oval plaque to over 164 houses,” Warren said. The historic homes: After the presentation, Dr. Catherine Zipf will present “Making a Home of Her Own, Newport’s Architectural Patronesses, 1850- 1940.” “Her …
Friday, October 5, 2012
The Barrington Preservation Society wants to protect the historic area from housing developments similar to the condos proposed for that spot.
A push to protect the Nockum Hill area of Barrington from development by making it into some sort of historic site is on. The Barrington Preservation Society pinpointed the area as the birthplace of the First Baptist Church in Massachusetts late Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 3, with a presentation at the John Myles monolith that recognizes the founding of the church in 1663 on land that was then Sowams tribal territory, now part of Barrington. “We don’t know exactly where we’re talking about,” said Nat Taylor, a historian from Barrington who has studied extensively the history of the area. “But we think it’s over there,” he said, pointing to the location of the Dane Farm off of George Street. “Or across the street” -- the site of the proposed …
Monday, October 1, 2012
The Barrington Preservation Society sees this option as the most feasible of several for protecting Nockum Hill from development; it's hosting a tour of the area on Wednesday, Oct. 3.
The Barrington Preservation Society wants to protect the historic Nockum Hill area of Barrington from too much development by making it a National Historic Landmark Site. To launch this venture, the preservation society proposes that a “stakeholders workshop” be held with the Town of Barrington “within 60 days to discuss permanent recognition, preservation and protection of Nockum Hill,” according to the preservation society. The preservation society also is holding a tour of Nockum Hill on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 4 pm to pinpoint the historic area. It will start at the “John Myles monument where George Street takes a sharp left,” said Burton Edwards, a historian with the preservation society. Charlotte Sornberger, a preservation society …