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Don Doucette talks about the natural history of the Sowams Heritage Area

Long-time Attleboro resident Don Doucette has had a lifelong interest in exploring and understanding the land and water in the area around Sowams. Don spoke with Somams Heritage Coordinator Dave Weed on November 5, 2018 to share what he knows about the natural and native history of the area in a half-hour interview. The Blackstone, Coles, […]

Newman Church celebrates its 375th Anniversary

The Newman Congregational Church was founded in 1643 when a group followed Rev. John Newman from Weymouth, MA to settle on the east bank of the Seekonk River. A 375th Anniversary celebration held on November 4, 2018 included a lecture event prior to a musical presentation. Click here for the video of the lecture. This […]

Steering Committee meets to summarize progress to-date

Steering Committee members representing Bristol, East Providence, Providence and Warren met at the Barrington Public Library on October 30,2018 to summarize progress to-date on the Sowams Heritage Area Project. Project Coordinator Dave Weed began with a review of the October 9th Project Launch and summarized activity since that time to distribute over 2,000 brochures throughout […]

Swansea Historical Society Hears Sowams Presentation

Historical Society President Carl Becker welcomed members of the Swansea Historical Society on October 23, 2018 and introduced Dr. David Weed with whom he has worked on identifying 17th century historical sites in Swansea. Dr. Weed’s presentation included photos of the Old Eddy Burial Ground in the center of Swansea which contains graves of Eddy family members who were buried […]

Sowams Heritage Area Presented at Tockwotton

Speakers from the Sowams Heritage Area Project were invited by the East Providence Historical Society to offer a three-part presentation at Tockwotton on the Waterfront on October 22, 2018. After Historical Society Co-chair Nancy Moore introduced the program speakers to the audience in the Tockwotton theatre, Dave Weed began the program by talking about some of […]

Margaret's Cave Walk with Author James Warren

Providence College Professor Keith Morton and God, War and Providence author James Warren led a small group invited to join a walk to Margaret’s Cave where Roger Williams is said to have been sheltered in the winter of 1636. This is the second walk this year organized to view the location that is on private property. Both Keith and James talked […]

Tourism presentation and workshop held at the Blackstone Valley Tourism Office

Dr. Tadayuki Hara, Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow at Dick Pope Sr. Institute for Tourism Studies gave a presentation on Tourism Satellite Accounting at the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center in Pawtucket, RI, on October 11, 2018. Sowams Heritage Area Project Coordinator David Weed attended the presentation in order to learn how best to develop tourism in the Sowams […]

Sowams Heritage Area marketed at local farmers' markets

Sowams Heritage Area Coordinator Dave Weed has taken a display to some of the farmers’ markets in the area to market the project to the public. He has appeared at the Weaver Library market in East Providence, the Mount Hope Farm market in Bristol, and at the Schoolyard Market at Hope and Main in Warren. “The […]

Meeting with Laura McNamara of the East Providence Area Chamber of Commerce

Sowams Heritage Area Project Coordinator Dave Weed met with Laura McNamara, Executive Director of the East Providence Area Chamber of Commerce today to explore ways that they can support the Sowams Heritage Area Project. Laura provided the names of several people local historians who couls be helpful in telling the Sowams story, including that of […]