HistWick supports project for The Town Hall Annex and other news

January 25, 2018
NEW BOARD MEMBER HistWick’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Cynthia Waxman has joined the Board.
     The Town Council has accepted an offer to purchase the empty building from a group whose “plan would be to keep the integrity of the original building, both on the exterior and interior,…..”.  Council President Richard Welch has stated that the council “will make certain that the property is protected ad infinitum.” see story 
     Based on those representations, the Board has written to the Council that it endorses the proposal as keeping within the style and tone, and potentially enhancing the vitality of our historic village.
     A town-wide election will be required to approve a sale.
Last November the Planning Department held a pair of well-advertised public workshops to obtain community input regarding the creation of guidelines for Brown and Phillips Streets. Straw polls conducted at the end of each session showed strong support for creating such guidelines and placing Brown Street under HDC protection to preserve the historic character of our village while allowing for economic growth.
At its meeting of December 4, the Wickford Design Guidelines Steering Committee, appointed by the town, voted by a margin of 6 to 1 to instruct the project consultant to develop a set of guidelines to be administered within the structure of the existing Historic District Commission. The Board of HistWick supports that vote. 
first draft of the proposed guidelines has been posted on the town website.
The next meeting of the Steering Committee will be held on January 30 at 6:30 pm in the town offices on Fairway Drive. agenda
Since opportunity for public comment during the meeting may be limited, you are encouraged to convey your comments beforehand to any of the Steering Committee members listed on the agenda.
Larry Ehrhardt
On behalf of the HistWick Board of Directors

Wickford Design Guidelines Workshop – November 15-16

The Wickford Design Guidelines Steering Committee, project consultant and town staff will be hosting two workshops with the public on Wednesday, November 15 and Thursday, November 16. Both workshops will be held in the Parish Hall at St. Paul’s Church located at 76 Main Street. The times for these two meetings are as follows:

  • Wednesday, November 15 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM
  • Thursday, November 16 from 1:30 – 3:30 PM

Public notices and an agenda will be prepared by staff and posted in advance of these meetings.

Workshop flyer

HistWick’s Annual Pot Luck Dinner: Sunday Dec. 3rd

When: Sunday December 3rd at 5:30PMIMG_1382

Where: St. Paul’s Parish Hall 56 Main Street

Who: All members of HistWick and the Wickford Community

What: A time to gather for wonderful food and good company

Why: To meet new people, catch with old friends and celebrate the holidays

Please bring your favorite dish to serve 10 people.

HistWick will provide cold drinks and dessert.

A – L Salad or Side Dish

M – Z Main Dish or Side Dish

HistWick Annual Meeting : September 14, 2017

Friends and Fellow HistWick Members, Please join us for the HistWick annual meeting:

Thursday, September 14th

6:00 PM 

Wickford Yacht Club, 165 Pleasant St., Wickford, R.I.

The event will start with a wine and cheese reception.

At 7:00 pm we will continue with a short business meeting and several presentations: 

*  Tim Cranston speaking on plans for the restoration of the OldeTown House

* A preview of the soon to be unveiled HistWick Historical Markers

* A recap of the successful HistWick programs of the past year promoting historic preservation

We look forward to seeing you on the 14th.

***Wickford in Bloom*** Saturday, June 24th, 2017


Wickford in Bloom

Garden Tour of Wickford Village Gardens

June 24, 2017 WICKFORD, RI: Historic Wickford presents Wickford in Bloom, on Saturday, June 24th, 2017 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (rain or shine). This captivating self-guided garden tour of private and public gardens begins in the center of charming Wickford Village at Updike Park and will enable participants to experience and explore and exemplary selection of 12 enchanting gardens. Designs of the gardens vary from cottage-inspired treasures to small hidden spaces that will inspire and engage the viewers to appreciate the variations of plant materials and architectural symmetry. As well, the tour will pass by historic properties that flourish with natural beauty.

The 2017 garden tour will feature gardens on properties of 18th and 19th-century homes and buildings — some on the picturesque harbor and others on the tree-lined village streets. On each property a local artist will be capturing the garden showcased.Artist on Location Painting in Garden

Tickets may be purchased for $25 at the following locations throughout the Village prior to the event: The Book Garden, Beauty and the Bath, Wickford Collections, Green Ink, My Paris Apartment, or at the North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce.

Tickets may also be purchased for $30 on the day of the tour, Saturday, June 24th, 2017 at Updike Park, where the tour begins.

Wickford in Bloom is sponsored by Historic Wickford, Inc. (HistWick), an all-volunteer community-based nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and celebrating the historic and cultural features of Wickford Village.

For images and interviews for feature interest story contact: Ellen Dacey at (401) 294-2420 or HistWick1@verizon.net

Join local historian Tim Cranston as he discusses Clothing and Textiles in South County. May 11th + July 13th

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Three presentations will be given at the Sew-Op on 14 Phillips St. in Wickford 

Histwick Supports The Rhody Awards for Historic Preservation

14716120_312354115813006_5264513938856561773_nNorth Kingstown was well represented at the annual Rhody Awards celebration.

The Rhody Awards for Historic Preservation, presented by Preserve Rhode Island and Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission, is an annual celebration of historic preservation. This year’s ceremony took place at the beautiful Rosecliff mansion in Newport, Sunday, October 16.

Both Grow & Preserve North Kingstown and Historic Wickford, Inc. (Histwick) were recognized for their generous sponsorship of the event.

The sold-out event was well attended by historic preservation supporters from North Kingstown, some of whom are shown here enjoying the reception prior to the awards ceremony.14711433_312355625812855_3428524490933763961_o

HistWick Annual Meeting Wednesday, November 2nd

img_2153When viewed from afar, some people are prone to say nothing ever changes in Wickford. Nothing could be further from the truth. Half of the the homes on Main Street have had new owners in the past decade, there are three new houses on Pleasant St. and several carefully planned restorations are underway. On the municipal side, ongoing meetings about town hall, Wickford El development, sewers, and “comprehensive plans” potentially impact our surroundings require monitoring and occupy many an evening.

All of this underscores the importance of maintaining HistWick as a source of information to you about what is going on and, when appropriate, speaking up about the values and features we believe are important to maintaining the neighborhood we all have chosen to live in.

We held our Annual Meeting on Wednesday, November 2nd , 6:30 pm at the Wickford Yacht Club 165 Pleasant St., Wickford, RI. Following a wine and cheese reception, we held our Annual meeting:

  • President’s Remarksimg_2143
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Election of Board of Directors
  • Update on Historic Markers
  • A “snippet” of local historian Tim Cranston’s film about Sea Captains’ Homes of Wickford
  • Update from the Wickford Art Association on plans to move to old town library on Brown Street

Reception for New Residents

The HistWick Board hosted a reception for new residents in June.  Our Secretary, Mary Ann Hackett hosted the event at her West Main Street home.

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Renovation cheaper than moving, historical preservation experts say

A recent article (April 7)  in the Northeast Independent reported on a meeting of the Asset Management Commission.  Click to see full image


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