The Warwick Historical Society, in collaboration with Mayor Scott Avedisian and the City of Warwick, are throwing a large celebration on Saturday, Dec. 9 from 12 to 3 p.m. at Warwick City Hall in honor of the 375th anniversary of the founding of the land that became Warwick.
All year long the Historical Society has been putting on presentations and events in celebration of the 375th anniversary of the Shawomet Purchase, including detailed projects exploring the lives of the original settlers of Warwick, the history of the Pawtuxet Rangers during the Revolution and the 166 historical cemeteries peppered around the area which hold the remains of some of Warwick’s most historical figures.
Now, to cap off the momentous celebratory year, an event will be held at City Hall which will feature food, festivities and fun for the whole family – including three food trucks, an old and a new fire truck for a touch-a-truck showcase, face painting, the Providence Preservation Civil War Band, a General George Sears Greene re-enactor and some members of the modern Pawtuxet Rangers militia in full uniform. Cake will also be served. Even if faced with a long list of holiday commitments, people are urged to stop in for whatever time they can afford to join in the festivities and learn about Warwick’s history.
The event will feature large poster-sized informational boards containing detailed information gathered through Historical Society research on all the aforementioned presentations given about Warwick’s history, from the historical cemeteries, to the old railroads still visible throughout the area to the John Waterman Arnold House – built in 1638 – which still stands and is the home of the Historical Society today.
Attendees will be given the chance to take a sort of open-book quiz based off the information on these posters. The respondents with the most correct answers will win prizes. The Historical Society will be on hand with a table to sell copies of new historical books authored by local writers and sign people up for their newsletter and email lists to stay connected with all things Warwick history.
The Warwick Historical Society is also rebooting their historic sign program, which gives owners of historic homes a special plaque to display showcasing the age and builder of the original home. The first new recipient will be awarded their sign in a short presentation on Saturday.
While the historical event is occurring next door, art lovers may pop over to the Warwick Center for the Arts to shop around their art show.