Historic New England's Open House

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 38 George Waterman Rd Johnston RI 02919  See map

On Saturday, June 1, 2013, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., all four Historic New England historic properties in Rhode Island are open for free tours and more. Enjoy a taste of Rhode Island history by visiting a seventeenth century stone-ender, flying a kite at a coastal farm, shopping at an organic farmer’s market, and exploring walking trails to the Narragansett Bay.  Visit Arnold House at 487 Great Road in Lincoln; Casey Farm  at 2325 Boston Neck Road, in Saunderstown; Clemence-Irons House at 38 George Waterman Road in Johnston; and Watson Farm at 455 North Road in Jamestown.  

Special Events

  • Start your day at the Coastal Growers Market at Casey Farm, which runs from 9:00 a.m. until noon.

  • Visit Watson Farm for some old time family fun – fly a kite or follow the self-guided tour of the farm trails. Kite flying starts at 1:00, so grab a kite, bring a picnic, and enjoy breathtaking views of Narragansett Bay. This program is in partnership with Rhody Ramble. Visit www.RhodyRamble.org for more information on other family-friendly events and programs.


Tweets: Tweet about your visit using #HNEopenhouse.


Taking photos? Upload your photos to Instagram with the tag #HistoricNE. Visitors are welcome to take photos of the exteriors of our properties. Interior photographs require advance permission.


Tours are first-come, first-served. Unless otherwise noted, tours are offered on the hour, last tour at 4:00 p.m.


Please call 401-728-9696 or visit www.HistoricNewEngland.org for more information.




Arnold House (1693): Eleazer Arnold built his house along Great Road, one of the earliest roads in the colonies. Two stories high, with a pilastered chimney, the home so dominated the modest dwellings of nearby farmers that it earned the title “Eleazer’s Splendid Mansion.” Visitors find evidence of seventeenth-century construction methods, eighteenth-century additions, nineteenth century graffiti, and the twentieth-century approach to preservation that restored the house to its present appearance.



Clemence-Irons House (1691): Built by Richard Clemence in 1691, the house is a rare example of a "stone-ender," a once common building type with roots in the western part of England. Passing through a series of owners in the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries, the house had grown to thirteen rooms by 1938. Significant as one of the oldest houses in Rhode Island, the house is also important as a record of twentieth-century restoration ideas and methods.


Casey Farm (c. 1750): This homestead overlooking Narragansett Bay was the center of a plantation that produced food for local and foreign markets. Today, farm managers raise organically grown vegetables, herbs, and flowers for subscribing households in a Community Supported Agriculture program. A guided tour includes the farmyard and cemetery, where six generations of Caseys are buried.


Watson Farm (1796):  In 1789, Job Watson purchased this farmland and for the next two centuries five successive generations of the family cultivated the land. Today, this 265-acre property remains a working family farm. Using innovative sustainable practices, the farm managers continue the tradition of pastoral husbandry, grazing Heritage Red Devon cattle and sheep on the scenic seaside pastures. Visitors are welcome to explore the farmland by following a self-guided walking tour. The house, used as the farmers' residence, is not open to the public.


About Historic New England.

Historic New England is the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive regional heritage organization in the nation. We bring history to life while preserving the past for everyone interested in exploring the New England experience from the seventeenth century to today. Historic New England owns and operates thirty-six historic homes and landscapes spanning five states. We share the region’s history through vast collections, publications, programs, museum properties, archives, and family stories that document more than 400 years of life in New England. Visit HistoricNewEngland.org


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