Historical re-enactors will host open house tours and demonstrations of daily living in the 18th century at the historic Smith-Appleby House Museum in Smithfield, Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m.
The house was built circa 1696 as a one-room stone-ender by Elisha Smith, a grandson of John Smith “The Miller" – one of Roger Williams' original party of six men who left the Massachusetts Bay Colony to settle Providence. Later generations of the family expanded the house to 12 rooms. Today it is a living museum featuring original furnishings, designs and exhibits.
The tours are led by historic interpreters in Colonial dress. Visitors will learn about the 317-year history and architecture of the home; hear stories about the Smith-Appleby family and 18th century living in Rhode Island; watch demonstrations; examine period furnishings, clothing and household items; and sample hearth-baked goods.
Admission is $5. The tours are offered every Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. through April 6.
The Smith-Appleby House Museum is located at 220 Stillwater Rd. in Smithfield, just off I-295. For more information, visit the website at www.smithapplebyhouse.org or call 231-7363. The House is headquarters to the Historical Society of Smithfield.