SOWAMS ACTIVITY BLOG

Mashapaug Nahaganset Tribe joins the Neutaconkanut Hill Conservancy Annual Event

Members of the Mashapaug Nahaganset Tribe joined the Neutaconkanut Hill Conservancy Annual Event on September 22, 2018 to help recognize the important role that the Hill played in the lives of indigenous people who occupied that land for thousands of years. Raymond “Two Hawks” Watson spoke at the event, saying “So Miantanomi came up here […]

Van Edwards leads a tour of historic Jennys Lane in Barrington

Dr. Burton Van Edwards, visiting lecturer at Bridgewater State University and Bryant University, conducted a tour of Mathewson Road and Jenny’s Lane in Barrington, RI on September 15, 2018 for the Barrington Preservation Society. He began with some of the early history of the town and went on to describe the legacy of Allen C. Mathewson […]

Sowams Heritage Area Project launched at Hunts Mill

East Providence Historical Society Co-chair Nancy Moore helped to launch the Sowams Heritage Area as a new preservation effort designed to identify the vestiges of the 17th century in eight communities. Project Coordinator David Weed welcomed about 25 people to the event held at the Hunt House Museum and outlined the goal of eventually developing […]

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 […]