This is Pawtuxet Cove....home to me and home to numerous pleasure craft during the summer months. It's a small cove which protects us from high winds and creates a peaceful view from my side (which is in Warwick) and the peninsula known as the 'neck' which is on the Cranston side. Pawtuxet River separates the two cities and empties into this cove.
We are historically a nautical community from the time of the triangular trades and large masted sailing ships.
Today we still have one of the oldest yacht clubs in the US, although the original building was lost to a hurricane. The RI Yacht Club is on our Cranston side of the village and offers numerous docks, sailing lessons, S boat races and social events.
Just across from the yacht club is the Pomham Rocks Lighthouse from the 1871 (Albert Dow, designer). focal plane 54 ft (16.5 m.) In January 2005, Exxon Mobil leased the lighthouse (at no cost) to the American Lighthouse Foundation. ALF organized the Friends of Pomham Rocks Lighthouse to work for restoration and reactivation of the lighthouse. Located just off the east shore of the river off the foot of Willett Avenue in Riverside. Good views from the East Bay Bike Path along the river. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. Information & some pics from web site:
Here is the Post Road hill. It is the road used to deliver mail, march to a battle...or travel down to New York. For a period it was called Main Street, but it is the beginning of the Post Road that goes from Pawtuxet village to New York City.
One of the best vistas in the village because of the old homes along the way. The brick sidewalks and historic lanterns finish the street nicely.
These are the homes of the original developers of the village. The homes and families are traced back to the early 1700's. We have no surviving structures from the 1600's.
Walking the village streets is a popular activity. Lots of folks jog or ride a bike, but I think walking allows you to enjoy so much more.
There are a number of places to watch the swans in the village. You should bring your camera because the swans pose and enjoy the company of visitors. I know they are over populated but they are just so graceful and lovely....we can't help but enjoy that they have chosen to nest here and multiply.
At times there are waterfalls, then the cove, the upper bay, the grasses, the stone walls, the sun dancing on the water...
Yours truly dressed in very old costume....with amazing banana curls (!!!) for Halloween last year. I fixed Johnny Cakes in my fireplace on the wood fire.... and we had a little party with several interesting costumed guests. Johnny cakes date back to the native Americans ... made from a corn meal ... and were packed in the hunter's sack when away from home for days at a time. Today we use them as an accompaniment to other foods, or some enjoy them at breakfast. Usually served with butter and maple syrup. YUM !
SUBSEQUENT HALLOWEEN PICS OF OUR FRIEND HAZEL THE WITCH ON THE FRONT HALL ROOF...ACCOMPANIED BY A VERY LARGE SPIDER! THAT STOPPED THE TRAFFIC. :-)
I like to call it Pawtuxet Junction as it is the crossroads close to the Pawtuxet Bridge where Broad Street shoots off towards the Cranston side. I liked to look at it as the "downtown" of Pawtuxet: the minute I saw the junction with the US flag I knew where I was and how to tell my directions. Pawtuxet is quite small but on your first days there, it's good to choose a point of reference in the maze of little streets.
Also, I liked the Village Natural, a shop with herbs and healthy food at the "junction". Unfortunately, the store is no longer there, I am told.
Little Falls Bakery & Cafe is a small one but really great to the community of Pawtuxet. From time to time, besides running its usual business, it serves a gallery or exhibition place for local artists, painters, photographers, whoever wants to show their art to the public. It is also possible to book the place entirely for your own private function.
When I was in Pawtuxet, Janet opened her exhibition of some of the wonderful photos she took on her trip to Poland. I think people who came to the opening really liked it. Among the snacks and drinks offered, we had some Polish candy that I brought to add some Polish flavor to the event. I met nice people there and I was so glad I could tell more about the things in the pictures!
It is one of the oldest houses in Pawtuxet, goes back to 1720. It has an interesting story, as most historical buldings in Pawtuxet have. The middle part of it was built by Col. Ephraim Bowen as a separate house in a different place near the cove in 1800, and 50 years later that house was moved and added to the older one. A bit later another part was added.
I understand it is also one of the most famous buildings in the village but I don't know any other stories related to it. It is a pleasant building to see if you love old architecture.
The village is full of colonial houses. William Rhodes house (1798) is the first house you see when entering the actual National Historic District, close to the old historic cemetery. It is set back from the road a bit, which I found unusual for Pawtuxet as all the old houses stand right in the street. It must have had a front garden in the old days... Anyways, it's a fine example of the Federalist architecture and it really looks great surrounded by trees and lawns.
If you're interested in old notable buildings in Pawtuxet, you might want to check this site.
Pawtuxet Cove is a lovely, peaceful place with the 'Neck' peninsula extending to the right in the picture. It is a shelter-harbor to boats and yachts, it seems to have a summery feel all the time! Behind the 'Neck' you have a great view of the Narrangasett Bay.
There are some wonderful houses on the 'Neck' and, in the Revolutionary War, there was a fort built in 1775. It's a shame there are no remains of it, but the name Fort Avenue clearly reminds of the great past of the Pawtuxet Neck.
Another one on the National Register of Historic Places. It doesn't look anything attractive, just a big barn with windows, huh? Errected in 1843 as an Armory for the Pawtuxet Artillery, it served also for 50 years as a temple of the masonic Harmony Lodge.
Now it's restored and in the hands of Pawtuxet Rangers Fife and Drum Corps who preserve the traditions of the 18th century, they hold meetings and celebrations there.
If you choose to visit Pawtuxet on Gaspee Days (which I recommend you do!) don't miss the Encampment in Pawtuxet Park, the musters and the fifers and drummers, all playing pre-revolutionary music. It's quite a show to see all those people in colonial costumes, especially the children playing fifes look so cute!
The Encampment itself is also interesting, it's a fun event - they live in tents, cook on open fires, sing songs, etc. One might think there's a colonial militia unit stationing in Pawtuxet ;-)
Gaspee Days in June are the time to visit Pawtuxet if you're looking for the village's greatest attraction. The peak of the celebration falls on the second Saturday of June, when the festive parade takes place during the day, and the mock-up of HMS Gaspee is burnt down on the Pawtuxet Cove in the evening. Of course the mock-up itself parades as well and then the people gathered shout "Burn it down!".
The parade is a colourful and interesting event, with all sorts of groups of people marching in it: colonial militia units, people in pre-revolutionary costumes, the masonic shriners, school kids, etc. Check my travelogues for some more pictures if you're interested.
Our very own Pawtuxet Rangers Fife & Drum Corps plays authentic pre-revolutionary music...leading our annual Gaspee Days Parade as well as performing at musters, special events, and other parades around New England. Their drums are rope tied and have a very different sound from the modern day drum. The fifes are usually Rosewood...and their cadence is much slower than today's marching bands. Truly unique and dearly loved for the traditions they are keeping alive.
SEE TRAVELOGUE FOR MORE PICS OF PARADE AND GASPEE DAYS CELEBRATION
From time to time there is a mini entertainment at one of our local cafes, known as Water's Edge. On this particular afternoon, the band consisted of a fiddle, guitar, and percussion....Alice is a wonderful singer as well. They do their own version of Irish-folk music. It's free for whoever shows up at the cafe for lunch.
TONIGHT WHITE SQUALL BAND WILL PLAY IN THE BOAT HOUSE IN THE PARK FOR THE PAWTUXET VILLAGE ASSOCIATION'S HOLIDAY EVENT. HOT CIDER, HAPPY NEIGHBORS, AND WARM GREETINGS. I'LL BE EXPERIMENTING WITH MY EARLY CHRISTMAS PRESENT... A CANNON DIGITAL (UPGRADED .... MY 3RD. DIGITAL)