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


RICH Grant
awarded to BSHM for study
of South County Samplers


Program Videos

Gerry Weinstein Gift & Visit

Gerry Weinstein of New York City attended the Open House which featured the Gerald Weinstein Glass Plate Exhibit.   His gift of historic photographic glass plates and accompanying digital images served as the basis for the story of how these early photos of monuments were possibly to be used for a sales brochure. We were able to find a thread with the story of the Whitin family monument because one of the glass plate photos was of the angel which the Whitin family chose.  We had the order page and other photos.  John Linton made a special trip to Whitinsville MA to photograph the monument as it is today.

Westerly's 350th Birthday!

Westerly will be celebrating its 350th birthday in 2019.  Work is underway for a gallery exhibit in the Westerly Public Library in March of relevant items from the collections of the Museum and the Westerly Historical Society.  The committee is excited about being able to share items in this public forum.

2019 Programs

Every program in 2019 will focus on local history and supplement the Town’s celebration. We will be celebrating the Smith widows, Comolli Granite Company, the Monument Hunters, and the mystery of the missing post office mural.  The Babcock-Franklin PBS video will premier and a program featuring a collection of  early Westerly postcards will entertain us all.  The cemetery tour will feature notable Westerly figures.  Join us for the fun.

To Submit Granite Information, Anecdotes, or Artifacts:

Email:  Ellen Madison, ellenmadison1945@gmail.com

Snail mail:  John Coduri c/o Babcock-Smith House Museum, 124 Granite Street, Westerly, RI. 02891

Phone:  Linda Chaffee,    401-377-8490

Phone:  Betty-Jo Cugini  401-315-2446

Also in the News...

* Anthony Gallup Smith, a descendant of Orlando Smith, has been selected as a new trustee.

* The current exhibit in the Isaac Smith Room showcases the importance of groups of workers in the granite industry: unions, management, quarry workers, trade groups and others.

*  Cemetery tours continue

* The Babcock Cemetery, where Joshua Babcock is buried, has been spruced up and is looking fine thanks to the local Lions and BSH trustees.

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