Pirates to invade Smith-Appleby House


“A Pirate’s Bounty” will be featured at this year’s annual colonial dinner at the Smith-Appleby House Museum, to be held Friday, Nov. 8 and Saturday, Nov. 9.

Guests at the event will enjoy a unique Colonial-era pirate-inspired dining experience at the 17th-century house, as members of the Historical Society of Smithfield are joined by Pirates of the New England Coast and Rhode Island Pirate Players, all in Colonial-period dress, to serve a complete night of food, song and fun.

Rhode Island Pirate Players is a living history organization dedicated to educating the public about what life was really like for pirates and privateers 300 years ago. Over the past seven years, they have lectured at schools and libraries, and have done living history encampments at historical sites from Maine to Florida. By adopting the language, manners and clothing of the Golden Age of Piracy, volunteer members portray a balanced picture of sea rovers, their associates, enemies and victims. Visit their website at www.ripirateplayers.org.

The Pirate’s Bounty menu will include: Bath Oliver biscuits with Mud Pond Jack’s tropical salsa, sallat, corn chowder, beef stew served on a trencher of bread, and Indian pudding to finish with coffee or tea. Seating for the dinner is 6:30 p.m. Reservations are required. Call 231-7363. Cost of the dinner is $30 per person. For more information, visit the website at www.smithapplebyhouse.org.

The Smith-Appleby House Museum originated as a one-room stone-ender with a loft, built circa 1696 by Elisha Smith, a grandson of John Smith “The Miller,” one of Roger William’s original party of six men who left the Massachusetts Bay Colony to settle in Providence. Later generations of the family expanded the house over the years to its present 12 rooms. The house features a variety of original stencils, designs, furnishings and exhibits, and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Smith-Appleby House Museum is located at 220 Stillwater Rd. in Smithfield, just off I-295.


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