PROJECTS

The Middletown Historical Society is an all-volunteer, non-profit educational organization, founded in 1976, and chartered to promote the investigation of all aspects of Middletown, Rhode Island.

The Society's purpose is to bring together those people interested in Middletown's history and to safeguard our rapidly disappearing heritage in order to insure a record of the past. Accordingly, the Middletown Historical Society has undertaken a series of preservation projects of which we are quite proud.

The Society is always on the lookout for new and exciting restoration and preservations projects. If you have an idea for a project, we'd love to hear from you. Please contact us at projects@middletownhistory.org.
 

STONE WALL APPRECIATION DAY!

The Monday of Thanksgiving week is Middletown's Stone Wall Appreciation Day!

The town of Middletown is distinguished by it's rural heritage of beautiful stone walls.  Monuments to the past, Middletown Historical Society encourages the preservation and maintenance of stone walls as tributes to the founders of the town.  If you would like to register your Middletown Stone Wall, call Stephan Lepley at 401.848.5991
 

PRESERVATION AND PLACES

PARADISE SCHOOL

This circa 1875 one-room schoolhouse was restored for use as the Society's headquarters and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Paradise School has numerous displays relating to the history of the town, including a Rhode Island doll collection, cannon balls from the Revolution, Native American stones and many photographs and will be open to the public Sundays from 2:00 until 4:00pm during the months of July through September. Trained docents will be on hand to answer your questions. More...

BOYD'S EIGHT-VANE WIND GRIST MILL

The windmill, the only eight-vaned mill in the country, is located in Paradise Park at the corner of Prospect and Paradise Avenues. It was moved from Portsmouth to this site several years ago, was fully restored and officially dedicated in October of 2001 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Boyd's Wind Grist Mill will be open to the public Sundays from 2:00 until 4:00pm during the months of July through September. Trained docents will be on hand to answer your questions. More...

WITHERBEE SCHOOL

This circa 1892 one-room schoolhouse was fully restored into an authentic vintage 1900 classroom and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. We're very pleased to announce that Witherbee School will once again be open to the public Sunday afternoons between the hours of 2:00 and 4:00 pm during the months of July, August and September. More...

MIDDLETOWN WAR VETERAN'S MEMORIAL PARK

The Middletown Historical Society would like to announce their latest project. Situated on land graciously donated by the estate of the late Ray Durfee at the corner of Green End Avenue and Valley Road (RI 214), the Society is in the first stages of the design of a memorial park to honor Middletown’s war veterans. Preliminary plans include a small parking area, a memorial brick walkway, an illuminated flag pole and a permanent monument listing the names of those veteran’s who made the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of their country from the Revolutionary war to the present day actions in the Middle East. If you would like to volunteer to help us in realizing this goal or if you would like to insure that a veteran is remembered please email us at info@middletownwarmemorial.org

 

May 21, 2012