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    Statewide Conference in Pawtuxet

    by Pawtuxet Updated Sep 11, 2009

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    Henry, Me, Mayor Scott, Susan, Marlene and Ginny

    We hosted the Statewide Historic Preservation Conference in our village. Big doins all over town. Tours, National speaker from DC, numerous displays and Panel Discussions.....topped by a grand Closing Reception where all our merchants contributed delectable treats to be nibbled with wine at the Aspray Boat House overlooking the cove. Everyone stayed late...loved the village...and Pawtuxet Village Association got an Award for Advocacy this year. Hoooooorah!! We're very proud.
    Members of the board and the Mayor of Warwick (to my left) are pictured with me here.

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    Celebrating for years and years....

    by Pawtuxet Written Jun 1, 2006

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    Thought I would share this blast from the past that I ran across in my photo collection this morning. Gave me a grin. This is me and my family not long after we bought our house in Pawtuxet after moving around the country for a number of years. We got right into the swing of Gaspee Days with everyone decked out in costumes. The kids were so cute....compare them to their pic on my home page! me too, for that matter............many pounds later.....:-)
    Some families used to dress in costume just to watch the parade and other events. It was fun to see folks wandering the village in colonial garb. Wish they still did that.

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    Restoring the hallway...preparing for house tour

    by Pawtuxet Updated Sep 11, 2009

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    We're back to 1700's doors. Yeahhh!
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    We presented the very first house and garden tour here in Pawtuxet Village. This was the first time houses throughout the entire historic district on both the Cranston and Warwick side of the bridge were showcased. The houses were open and many gardens were included. Houses on the tour were from the 1700's, 1800's and 1900's. We have a couple of very nice churches included as well as the Pawtuxet Rangers Armory, and the Pawtuxet Park Boat House. There were16 sites in all. It kept us busy as we had to first restore the front hallway.Stripping paint, replacing floor boards, repairing sills, installing 1700's doors that had been replaced over the years....new lighting, plaster work upstairs and down - it was a scramble to complete everything by our deadline. Several homeownersspent their summer shaping up the garden, painting rooms, fixing hallways, hiding the toys and junk...whatever needed to be done to put the house in tip top condition for the tour.
    I decided to share the progress on my hallway with all of you. If you've ever stripped paint before, you will have some idea of what it was like to go through 200 years of it. Most of the layers were relatively easy to remove until it got down to the milk paint. yuk. We don't want to do this anymore!!!!
    Click on the pic to see the various stages of progress..

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    A Rhode Island ClamBake

    by Pawtuxet Updated Oct 28, 2008

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    A Rhode Island Clam Bake can't be beaten. Especially if it is held at Henry's waterfront farm. The melted butter will run down your chin...folks will munch on ears of roasted sweet corn...and there will be clams, little necks, lobsters, sausage, potatoes, onions, and lots of good times!!

    Henry Brown, our most authentic bake master, uncovers the lobsters and other delicacies in the old fashioned clam bake. What a great day that was!

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    Time for a Hay Ride!

    by Pawtuxet Written Oct 23, 2008

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    Our Pawtuxet Village Association teamed up with the Farmers' Market, the Friends of the Pawtuxet, Johnson & Wales Culinary College, and the Edgewood Garden Club to create a great day for the community. PVA sponsored the hay rides which are always a big success with the kids. The culinary school did cooking demonstrations...making johnny cakes and waldorf salad. The river group provided canoes to rent for a paddle on the river.... and of course we found apples and a tasty French apple pie to bring home. This sort of local activity is very popular in the small New England towns. We enjoy marking the seasons and holidays.

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    Walk the waterfront..sail a boat..watch the birds

    by Pawtuxet Written Oct 23, 2009

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    The cove on the northern edge of the village is called Stillhouse Cove. So named because the 1700's saw a lot of rum making in stillhouses along the water's edge. The rum would be shipped out or sold locally. There was a considerable amount of seafaring trade going on in and out of Pawtuxet in those days. We refer to it as the "triangular trade". West Indies, China, England.... rum, cotton...and of course the slave trade. Slaves were more apt to be shipped into Providence than Pawtuxet, tho. Main reason was that the wealthy John Brown had the money to finance these expeditions. The odd part of it was that his brother was a Quaker and lobbied to ban slavery during all the years when his brother was making his fortune with them.
    I digress..... the Rhode Island Yacht Club is at Stillhouse Cove and you will find Hereschoff S Boat sail boat races every Wednesday night in the summer months.
    You'll find swans and ducks year round in the cove....
    as well as tankers from around the world coming up the Bay into Providence Port laden (usually) with oil.
    The cove is quieting now in October. Soon the boats will be hauled out to dry dock and the cove will be almost empty.

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    Offence to the flag is not allowed

    by gosiaPL Updated Jun 22, 2006

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    The cause of public offence

    The love and respect of the US flag is strong in Pawtuxet and there are certainly limits to how you can use it! I understand it is insulting, if not an act of desacration, if the flag touches the ground - it should be burned then.
    Here a thoughtless real estate agent used the Gaspee Days to advertise her service to the crowds visiting Pawtuxet: she stuck a small flag with her business card on almost every lawn in the Gaspee Parade area. People were sooo upset about it, I saw some of them bursting with anger and intending to call that woman to tell her a piece of their mind. I don't think she made any business that day...

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    Colony flags

    by gosiaPL Updated Jun 22, 2006

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    Colony flag

    I saw "the first flag" of the Unites States at many houses in Pawtuxet and throughout RI - these people must be absolutely proud of their history and they like to show it! Especially in Pawtuxet which gave the First Blow for Freedom in 1772, i.e. a year before the famous Boston Tea Party.

    The Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations was one of the 13 British colonies that rebelled and then signed the Declaration of Independence, thereby establishing the USA. The 13 stars and 13 stripes represent each of the 13 states. The flag flew at Independence Hall when the Declaration of Independence was read aloud on July 8, 1776. It was used as the official US flag till 1795.

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