During the last few years, Adele Anthony and Dennis Pacheco have uncovered many of the finer aspects of the Peter Greene house at 1124 West Shore Road, on the corner of Economy Ave. in the Conimicut section of Warwick. IN addition to the renovations on the outside of the house and adding a new ell to the house, they have found that the house contains six working fireplaces. One of the thrills of renovations came when they realized that the original mantel for the fireplace in the parlor was actually one of the fireplaces on the second floor. They used this to replace the mantel on the downstairs fireplace and, to their happy feeling, it fit perfectly.
Another thrill came when it was discovered that underneath the plaster in another downstairs fireplace original painted bricks were found. Ann Brown, who is an expert on early colonial decoration, told Adele and Dennis that this is a remarkable find. This of course thrilled the renovators.
Friends who have visited the house especially enjoy Adele’s cooking on the fireplace and her baking in the beehive oven. Adele and Dennis plan to restore and use the keeping room to the way it was when Peter Greene and his wife played host to many important state and local figures. Obviously, there aren’t many homes in Rhode Island, or for that matter elsewhere, that can boast of such an attraction. Terry and I found sitting in the parlor with Dennis and Adele was a most enjoyable and relaxing visit. Adele noted very significantly that this is a home to be enjoyed, not a museum. We understood this perfectly as we chatted with our wonderful hosts. We could imagine that friends and relatives of the 18th century Greene family enjoyed such a comfortable setting.
After Terry and I left we found the words of John Howell that our greatest reward would be received from meeting with the people in these historic homes. These words ring true.
This concludes the update of the Peter Greene house. The home of our next series of columns will be of Hopelands in Potowomut, now Rocky Hill School.
Editor’s note: Don D’Amato’s books are on sale at the Warwick Beacon office. They make excellent last-minute gifts.