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Sowams Heritage Area Featured at Swansea Harvest Fair

The Sowams Heritage Area Project was featured at the 65th Annual Christ Church Harvest Festival in Swansea Village on September 8, 2018, the day before the official launch of the project at the East Providence Historical Society headquarters at Hunt’s Mill Museum. Project Coordinator David Weed was invited by Church member and George Hail (Warren) […]

17th Century MeetUp Group Visits the Martin House

The 17th Century Rhode Island MeetUp group met at the Martin House on August 26th for a tour conducted by student volunteer docents who described the contents of the house and nearby barn. The Martin Farmhouse on Stoney Hill Road and Route 6 in Swansea, MA, dates to 1728, but it is quite likely that a house was constructed […]

Rock Singewald discusses link with land conservation trusts

Sowams Heritage Area Project Coordinator Dave Weed recently sat down with Rock Singewald, who sits on the board of the Warren Land Conservation Trust, to discuss how the Trust can best honor the traditional ownership of the lands that the Trust now has under conservation. In addition to land at Jacob’s Point, the Trust will soon […]

Coastal Cove walk with Ernie Germani

East Providence Conservation Commissioner Ernie Germani and Deputy EMA Director Wayne Barnes led a group of about fifteen walkers to the three coastal inlets on the Providence River from Squantum Point to Watchemoket Cove. The route offers spectucular views of plant and wildlife along the river along the East Bay Bike Path. While Boyden Heights saw the […]

Meeting with Seaconke Tribe members

Sowams Heritage Area Project Coordinator Dave Weed and East Providence Historical Society Co-chair Nancy Moore met with Roger Lincoln and Michael Markley of the Seaconke Wampanoag Tribe at the Hunt House Museum in East Providence. The tribe is one of several, along with the Pokanoket Tribe, who lived in the Sowams Heritage Area, primarily around […]

Keith Morton leads a group to Margaret's Rock

Providence College American Studies Department Chair Keith Morton led a group of eight people on a walk to Margaret’s Cave, the place where Roger Williams was sheltered during the winter of 1636 before going on to Omega Pond. The group included Lende McMullen and Elissa Tardiff of the Carpenter Museum in Rehoboth and Steve Greenleaf of the East Providence Historical […]

Sowams Heritage Area featured on cable TV show

TV9 Seekonk Production Assistant Kevin Vidinha and Executive Director Cody Peixoto worked with local historian Dave Norton to produce a half-hour show specifically about the Sowams Heritage Area Project. Dave, who has his own “Discovering New England History” show on that same channel, agreed to host the special segment in preparation for the September 9th […]

Dave Norton explores King Philip War sites

King Philip War historian and producer of the Discovering Historic New England TV9 cable news program in Seekonk, Dave Norton, revealed several sites in East Providence that Sowams Heritage Area Cooridnator Dave Weed did not know about. Based on research that Norton recently discovered, he was able to locate the place on the Seekonk River […]

Town representatives form initial Steering Committee

Representatives of seven of the eight participating communities in the Sowams Heritage Area Project met for the first time to talk about the upcoming launch event in September. People from Bristol, Barrington, East Providence, Providence, Seekonk, Swansea, and Warren convened at the Barrington Public Library to discuss strategies for making a public announcement about the […]

Pokanoket Tribe members tell campers about their history

Members of the Pokanoket Tribe, led by Sagamore William Guy, told campers from Camp Wetu at Mount Hope Farm about their history and culture at an hour-long session at Potumtuk during their “Time Travel” week. Tribe members introduced themselves and offered a prayer in their native language before relating their history. After looking over some of […]