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Friends and fellow HistWick members,  


This coming Saturday, July 20th at 9 am in Updike Park at the corner of West Main St. and Brown St. HistWick will celebrate the installation of the final three markers in the historic marker project.


The three markers cover:


Ten Rod Road as the principal highway for driving cattle, horses and sheep from eastern CT and western RI to the port of Wickford in the late 17th and early 18th centuries for shipment to the other colonies and the Caribbean. Illustrations by Wickford resident Dan Urish. This marker is located on Phillips St. adjacent to the Wickford Elementary School building.


Black Mariners in Wickford in the late 18th and early 19th centuries when slaves and freed black men sailed from Wickford on merchant and fishing vessels. This marker, located on Fowler St., also focuses on the first house built for an African American in Rhode Island. The artist is Walter Scott.


The Women in Wickford marker can be found at the corner of West Main and Brown and describes the roles of women in business and society in Wickford in the middle of the 19th century when Avis Ann Spink was the largest landlord in the village and builder of the Avis Block. The illustration for this marker was done by local artist Janelle Feigley, also the owner of the boutique Gossip, one of the many current businesses in Wickford owned and operated by women.


Please join us for the celebration which will include remarks by project founder Tim Cranston and Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea. We thank the Wickford Village Association, the merchants of Wickford, for their participation in the event. Coffee and refreshments will be served after the short ceremony.


A few programs from the websites of other local organizations:


Now through October 14th, the Gilbert Stuart Museum at 815 Gilbert Stuart Road in Saunderstown is offering an exhibit of original works of art by renowned Rhode Island artist George Whitaker. On Friday, August 9th the Museum will also host their annual gala fundraiser Keep the Wheels Turning!For more information please visit http://www.gilbertstuartmuseum.org/event-calendar/


On Friday, July 19th at 6 pm, Smith’s Castle will feature a presentation by noted author and historian Robert Geake speaking on Daniel Updike and Wanton Casey, Brothers in Arms on the Homefront. Smith’s Castle ‘Rhode Island’s Hidden Treasure’ is located at 55 Richard Smith Drive in North Kingstown. For more information : http://www.smithscastle.org/

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