Babcock-Smith House Museum
124 Granite Street
Westerly, RI   02891

Docents Docents

Are you a Colonial history buff?  Or an antiques lover?  Or perhaps you've always wondered about the carved memorials that fill your local cemetery?  If so, we invite you to become a docent for the Babcock-Smith House Museum and indulge your curiosity while sharing what you learn!

Docents play a vital role in the support of the museum, both as public educators and historic researchers on behalf of the museum and its collections. 

Our non-profit Docents program was founded to support the museum in a variety of ways.  These include:

  • conducting house tours • organizing & supporting events
  • participating in seminars • fundraising
  • promoting early period crafts  

During the month of May we host all local fifth-graders.  They learn about the Babcock-Smith House and try their hands at various colonial crafts.

Regular meetings will be held on the first Monday of each month, unless that day happens to fall on a holiday weekend. In those months our meeting will be held on the second Monday of the month. Our "December" meeting will be held on the last Monday in November. Refreshments before each meeting start at 9:30 am, and the actual meeting starts at 10:00. The volunteer docents genuinely welcome new interested people who would like to become involved in helping to maintain Westerly's historic gem. If you are interested in joining or obtaining more information, call Meg Barclay .

Docent Field Trip ~ 2015

On June 25th ten docents and a guest visited the General, William Hart House in Old Saybrook Ct for their annual outing. The house was built in 1767, 43 years after the Babcock Smith House.

From the exterior they are similar, however the Hart house contains many Georgian features and architectural influences more common to Williamsburg and even Dutch Pennsylvania.  One outstanding feature was the eight corner fireplaces leaving wonderful wide open airy rooms.

The destination was chosen so docents and Hart house members could compare notes on maintenance of an antique house museum.  Whether it be gardens, event planning or upkeep in general there was something for everyone.

After the tour in Old Saybrook, the docents drove up to Essex CT and had a delicious lunch at the Black Seal Seafood Grille. And to top it off, a few docents enjoyed visiting the antique shops between Essex and Rte. 95 on the way home.

Docent Officers for 2017-2018

Sandra Berman

Vice President

Jan Tunney

Recording Secretary
Meg Barclay


Jan Tunney

Corresponding Secretary
Brenda Linton

Joshua's Store
Mary Keniston

Docent Board of Directors
Susan Hayes, Wanda Butler, Mary Keniston, John Leach, and Amy Smith

From left to right: Meg Barclay, Sandra Berman, Jan Tunney

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