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We invite the public to listen to John Connor from the Artillery Company of Newport, who will give a presentation on the development of the militia system as it is found in the evolution of the US Military experience. This presentation will close out the Society’s tribute to the military. John will discuss the origin and ultimate outcome of the militia using the Artillery Company of Newport’s history as an example of this development. The presentation will be followed by a demonstration of the flintlock musket, the primary weapon of both regular and militia forces during the colonial and early independence periods.

The Newport Artillery Company of Newport, Rhode Island was chartered in 1741 by the Rhode Island General Assembly during the reign of King George II of Great Britain. It is the oldest military unit in the United States operating under its original charter, and the company maintains a museum in its historic armory. The Company has served in wars ranging from the French and Indian War to the First World War. Individual members of the Company have served in every war fought by the United States.

This is the last day to see the military exhibit! The military tribute exhibit is open to the public on Sunday from 2 to 4:30, and includes uniforms, photographs, maps, documents, and other items from the Revolutionary War era to that of Vietnam. THS-owned items on display are: an early 1800′s copy of the Declaration of Independence, a silk flag flown by Washington’s Regiment and restored by URI, a broadside announcing a Tiverton parade in honor of returning WWI soldiers, a civil war uniform, a quilt made from the uniform of a Revolutionary War general (grandfather of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow), a Revolutionary War militia roster of Tiverton men, a Civil War discharge document, and other documents and items not usually displayed. There are other items on loan to the exhibit from area citizens and from the Drawing Room of Newport Antiques. The exhibit and presentation are free, but a donation toward our building maintenance is greatly appreciated. (We’d like to restore the corn crib this year!) Those who have loaned items to THS for the exhibit may pick them up at the close of the day at 4:30 PM.

It is also the last day to purchase tickets for the patriotic raffle ($1 each or 6 for $5) with your choice of items: patriotic wreath, hand-painted patriotic table and chairs, and stars and stripes chair loaded with all sorts of patriotic decor, including a flag! The winning ticket for each item will be drawn at the close of the day.

Those that walk through Weetamoo Woods – or would like to start but don’t know where, you can purchase our own A School Guide to Weetamoo Woods, that relates the history and flora along trails within the woods. If you want this book or some of our Tiverton-related items for gifts during the time when we are closed, you may purchase them at the Mill Pond Shops. (Check the THS Marketplace page for details)

Remember, all purchases and donations to the Tiverton Historical Society are tax-deductible!


We invite you to visit the historical Chace-Cory House, located at 3908 Main Road at Tiverton Four Corners in the small town of Tiverton, Rhode Island, the smallest state in the USA. The museum house is open for tours from 2-4:30 PM on Sunday during the months of June to September (or by appointment) and is the headquarters of the Tiverton Historical Society. We sponsor a number of events throughout the year and welcome you to participate in them. In order to keep the roof over our head maintained, we need to charge a small fee for tours. Admission is free to Tiverton Historical Society (THS) members and children under 12 years, $3 for non-members, and $2 for students and seniors (55 years+). Directions


We accomplished a lot in 2014: THS Accomplishments 2014
Thanks to all our volunteers and supporters who made it a great year for THS!
Please continue to help us in 2015 and make it even greater!


The Tiverton Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, with its headquarters in the Chace-Cory House. Members and donations are always welcome! Check out our Support THS page to see what items and services we need . . . those needing community service hours can download a log sheet as well.

Please forward any comments or suggestions on this site to webmaster@tivertonhistorical.org.

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