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We are based in the small town of Tiverton, Rhode Island, the smallest state in the USA.

SEPTEMBER EVENT: COLONIAL DAY & MEMBERSHIP DAY & 240th COMMEMORATION OF BARTON’S RAID
Our annual Colonial Day will be held on Saturday, September 16th from 11 to 3, so please save the date to visit Chace-Cory House & grounds to see local artisans demonstrate and/or sell their colonial crafts. We’re looking for local artisans who do colonial crafts such as rug hooking, spinning, weaving, blacksmithing, woodworking, candlemaking, quilting, knitting, sailor valentines, etc. Please contact Caroline if you are interested.

The second annual Membership Day will be held on the same day from noon to 3 PM. Tiverton Historical Members and those wanting to join are invited to see these five items the Society owns that are not normally on display: a large “Miss Rhody” painting, a bureau with secret drawers, a whaling lance, a late 1800’s map of Tiverton, and an architectural rendering of the Columbia, owned by Captain Robert Gray, with his tea cup.

In addition, there will be a 30 minute special slide presentation starting at 11:30 PM by Susan Anderson on the July 9, 1777 capture of British Major General Prescott by Lt. Colonel William Barton to commemorate its 240th anniversary. She will relate the capture using original sources, including Barton’s own report of the event and maps drawn by Captain Frederick Mackenzie of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers who was stationed on Rhode Island (a.k.a. Aquidneck Island) during this time.

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UPCOMING EVENT: SPEAKEASY FUNDRAISER

Saturday, October 14th is another day to mark on your calendar for a fun-filled evening of food (pot roast dinner) and entertainment at the Tiverton Rod & Gun Club. We’ll give you the password to get into our Speakeasy when you purchase your tickets. We’ll have raffles, music, and more surprises in store for you!

Tickets will be available for purchase at our September event above and at Chace-Cory House the weekend of August 19-20 and Sunday, August 27 when the House is open. They will also be available at Nannaquaket Nursery (Manchester’s). Tickets are $30 each or $50 for two. This event is for adults only, given the topic.

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TIVERTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY ITEMS FOR SALE AT GRAY’S ICE CREAM
If you’re in the vicinity of Gray’s Ice Cream next door to our Chace-Cory House headquarters, take some time to go inside and see what we have for sale in the store to the left – we have an old post office desk loaded with Tiverton goodies, including Tiverton t-shirts, hats, books, calendars, and jams & jellies. So if we’re not open at Chace-Cory, you can still buy some great gifts at Gray’s! See what’s there on our Marketplace page.

HELP US RESTORE THE HOUSE & CORN CRIB!
Drive by and you’ll also get to see for yourself how we need to finish restoring the trim on the house and the entire corn crib. We’ve come a long way these past few years in restoration, but we need to continue with your help now that we are officially closed for summer tours.

In addition to the small fee we charge for the tours of our circa 1730 house museum (see below), we need more than that to restore the corn crib. Building materials cost a lot of money, as those of you who own homes know. Any monetary donation will help! Please send what you can to the PO Box listed on the “Contact THS” page or drop by when we’re open on Sundays through August (2-4:30) or at our informal Friday night Board meetings (4-5:30) April through November.

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We invite you to visit the historical circa 1730 Chace-Cory House, located at 3908 Main Road at Tiverton Four Corners, over the wall from Gray’s Ice Cream. The museum house is open for tours from 2-4:30 PM on Sunday during the summer months of June, July, and August (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

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We accomplished a lot in 2016: THS Accomplishments 2016
Thanks to all our volunteers and supporters who made it a great year for THS!
Please continue to help us in 2017 and make it even greater!

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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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