Portsmouth celebrates the 1638 founding of the Town

The President and Vice-President of the Portsmouth, RI, Historical Society held an anniversary event to celebrate the 1638 founding of the Town on March 7, 2019 at Town Hall. The event included remarks by Town Council Vice-President Linda Ujifusa and ancestor of Founder John Sanford David Chase. The actual compact that was signed by the group of religious dissenters who left Boston was on display during the ceremony. Though the Town was located across Mount Hope Bay and outside of the Sowams Heritage Area led by the Massasoit Osamequin at the time, the land was purchased from the Narragansetts with the help of Roger Williams who was a friend of Hutchinson. Click here for a 32-minute video of the event.

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