The 17th Century Rhode Island Meetup Group met at Martin House in Swansea on September 22, 2019 for a tour of the house and a stop at Sachem’s Knoll nearby. The Martin House was first built in 1728 on a foundation of previous house that predates 1700. Click here for a 47-minute YouTube video of a 2018 17th Century Rhode Island MeetUp group visit.
Volunteer docents describe some of the items in the house that were common in the 17th century, including King James Bibles, clay pipes, beeswax candles and wooden kitchen bowls.
An early 18th century fireplace insert depicts a Native American leading an English colonist, and an iron breastplate and helmet similar to what was worn during King Philip’s War are on display on the second floor.