HistWick contributes to NK Food Pantry Building Fund

January 17, 2013

Standard Times

The North Kingstown Food Pantry recently received its first donation toward its project of updating the Little Red Schoolhouse on School Street in North Kingstown as a new home for the Food Pantry.

The donation represents a portion of the proceeds of HistWick’s very successful Holiday Kitchen House tour, which is the first donation by a local organization to the Food Pantry’s project.  HistWick’s mission of supporting historic renovation fits closely with the pantry’s mission of updating the historic schoolhouse as a new home for the pantry to open later this year.  The public can also log on to the North Kingstown Food Pantry page on Facebook.

Left to right:  HistWick Events Committee Member Nancy Gauthier, Food Pantry Coordinator Bonnie Smith, Food Pantry President Karla Driscoll, Events Committee Member Ellen Dacey and HistWick President Barbara Carroll.  Events Committee members unable to be in the photo are Judy Biting, Kate Church, Nora Hall, Sheila MacDonald, Mary Padbury, Michelle Sammartino, Mapes Stamm and Carol Thomas.

HistWick Kitchen Tour a Success! Take a peek….

Community Made Wickford a Beautiful Place To Be!

On Sunday, December 2nd, Historic Wickford (HistWick) presented a walking tour of eight historic homes, seven located on the picturesque waterfront, in Wickford Village.
The tour featured kitchens, keeping rooms, and dining rooms and showcased festive holiday decorations, distinctive table settings and creative holiday arrangements.

An additional home on Main Street displayed miniature box rooms in the four front windows, each featuring a holiday theme and whimsical touches.

Click here to see pictures of the featured homes along with a history of each home.    Historic Homes On 2012 Tour

Wickford Decks the Halls!  A Holiday Kitchen Tour is a unique feature of the village’s 27th annual Festival of Lights when Wickford is transformed into a winter wonderland with thousands of white lights. This is a joyous time when merchants offer personalized holiday shopping and unique selections.

The event was a huge success, raising more than $6,000 for HistWick and the North Kingstown Food Pantry.  This success was due to the combined efforts of many in our community.

Thank You!

  • We would first like to thank the PROPERTY OWNERS, who generously opened their homes and shared their “historic gems” on this tour.
  • We would also like to recognize the many VOLUNTEERS that served as hosts in these homes.
  • In addition, HistWick thanks the following individuals, business, and organizations for making this event such a success.

  • Judy Bitting
  • Barbara Carroll
  • Kate Church
  • Ellen Dacey
  • Nancy Gauthier
  • Nora Hall
  • Sheila McDonald
  • Mary Padbury
  • Michele Sammartino
  • Mapes Stamm
  • Carol Thomas



Annual Potluck held Sunday December 2nd

On Sunday, December 2nd, the community once again came together to celebrate the holidays and enjoy an old fashioned Potluck Supper.

Music was provided by Maureen Corcoran, pianist.


Time to Renew Your Membership

If you haven’t renewed your HistWick membership for 2013 would you consider doing so now?  HistWick is a volunteer run organization dedicated to preserving, protecting and celebrating the historic village of Wickford, its harbor and its surrounding environs.

HistWick ended 2012 with some wonderful activities.  In December, with the gracious help of a number of homeowners on Pleasant Street and a large group of volunteers, we sponsored a Holiday Kitchen Tour.   Together, we raised over $5000 to support HistWick activities and the North Kingstown Food Pantry.  We also celebrated the holidays with our annual community Pot Luck Dinner complete with music, great food and great fellowship.  HistWick also supported the publishing of the 3rd volume of noted local historian Tim Cranston’s series on Walking in Olde Wickford.

Over the last several months we have established www.historicwickford.org , a new web site that is full of interesting information and growing each day.  It not only contains HistWick news and events, but provides a wealth of data as well as links to other historic organizations… locally, regionally and nationally.   Please explore our new site and share any thoughts or recommendations that you may have via email to HistWick1@verizon.net.

In the coming months you will be receiving additional information about upcoming HistWick events but in the meantime, if you haven’t renewed your HistWick membership we hope you will consider doing it now?  If you renew at the Donor level we will send you a signed copy of Tim’s new book which focuses on Quality Hill and Talbot’s Corner.  The membership form is enclosed.

As always we appreciate your ongoing support and welcome any questions or comments you may have.  We look forward to seeing you at HistWick programs in the coming year.

Wickford Decks the Halls! Holiday Kitchen Tour December 2 @ 12:30 pm

Wickford Decks the Halls!
A Holiday Kitchen Tour

December 2, 2012
12:30-4:00 P.M.
Sun, Rain or Snow


Historic Wickford (HistWick) presents a walking tour of eight historic homes, many located on the picturesque waterfront, in Wickford Village. The tour will feature kitchens, keeping rooms, and dining rooms and showcase festive holiday decorations, distinctive table settings and creative holiday arrangements.  An additional home on Main Street will display miniature box rooms in the four front windows, each featuring a holiday theme and whimsical touches.

Wickford Decks the Halls!  A Holiday Kitchen Tour is a unique feature of the village’s 27th annual Festival of Lights when Wickford is transformed into a winter wonderland with thousands of white lights. This is a joyous time when merchants offer personalized holiday shopping and unique selections. Enjoy the festive atmosphere of yesteryear in Wickford––hear the church bells ring throughout the day and enjoy carolers filling the streets with holiday cheer!

Watch for special highlights:  home made quilts, a professionally decorated home, and live music.

Tickets: $25 in advance; $30 day of tour

In Advance:  Purchase tickets at fine stores throughout the village, including Blue Hydrangea, theBookGarden, The Wickford Collection, Wickford Gourmet and Wilson’s

Day of Tour: Purchase tickets at St. Paul’s Parish House, 76 Main Street, Wickford,RI 02852.

Proceeds from the tour will benefit HistWick and the North Kingstown Food Pantry.

Historic Wickford, Inc., is an all-volunteer community-based nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and celebrating the historic and cultural features of Wickford Village.   For additional information, contact us at histwick1@verizon.net or call 401 295 4475.

Note:  Houses subject to change.

Hand-made Wickford Lighthouse Quilt & Rug Raffle

In conjunction with the Deck The Halls! Wickford Kitchen Tour, HistWick will raffle two gorgeous, hand-made items.  Raffle winners will be selected during the Annual Potluck Dinner on December 2.

One lucky winner will take home a beautiful Lighthouse Quilt created by our own Mary Padbury of Pleasant Street.







Another equally lucky winner will become the proud owner of a hand-painted  rugby Ellen Dacey, another extraordinary member of the Kitchen Tour Committee.



The items will be on display in town by Thanksgiving.  Watch for them.  Details on ticket sales will be available soon.



Annual Potluck Supper Sunday, December 2 @ 5:30 pm

On Sunday, December 2nd, the community will come together to celebrate the holidays and enjoy an old fashioned Potluck Supper.  We hope you will join your friends and neighbors at St. Paul’s Parish House, 76 Main Street beginning at 5:30 pm.  Most folks  dress quite casually, so don’t worry about your wardrobe.   We ask that you bring a favorite  dish to serve at least 8 people (as noted below) and prepare to have a great time sampling the variety of food and socializing with other folks in the community.

Last Names beginning with:

A –  L     Main Dish

M –  Z     Side Dish or Salad



There will be music provided by Maureen Corcoran, pianist and holiday caroling.

HistWick will provide coffee, tea, cold drinks and dessert.

RSVP: HistWick1@verizon.net or  phone 294-2420. Given the increased popularity of this event, we are asking for RSVP’s this year; we want to make sure we have enough tables set up.

We sincerely hope you can attend.    If you have questions, please let us know.


Welcome to Our New Website

HistWick’s new web site provides members with easy access to updated information and guests with interesting detail about Wickford Village and the work of HistWick.

For easy navigation, we have a standard menu bar at the top and bottom of each page and tailored menus on the right side.

The standard menu at the top of each page directs you to five “main” sections:

  •  News & Events – This is where you see Upcoming Events.  You may want to set this page as your bookmark.  There will be a featured story which will change as we announce new programs or provide updates on what is going on.
  • Walking Tour – We’ve updated the walking tour from the old website.  We’ve added stops and have  provided a pdf version which is easily printed so you and your friends can take it with you as you tour the Vilage.  Coming soon is a “Tour Scavenger Hunt” designed for children who may accompany you.
  • Membership – Here’s where you can pay your annual dues and get information on your Board of Directors.  You can also check out the Home of The Quarter which is described below.
  • Historic Home Ownership – This will eventually contain information on what it means to own an Historic Home, tips on restoration and maintenance, and tax abatement information.  For now it provides a link to North Kingstown’s town website which has a lot of helpful information.
  • Resources – We provide handy links to Historic/Preservation Organization Websites as well as other links of interest such as the Historic District Commission, the village website maintained by the merchants, and, of course, the website maintained by our Town Historian Tim Cranston.

The menu at the bottom of each page provides information on Upcoming Board Meetings and an archive of our Newsletters going back to October 2008.

You will also want to check out the Home of the Quarter feature.  This is accessible from the Welcome/Home Page as well as the Membership Page.  If you click on the current home, you will be able to see the homes that were previously featured.  We are grateful to Tim Cranston for providing the information on these homes.  We feature his books in several places with links to Amazon so they can be ordered easily.

We hope you like our new website and that you will check it frequently.  If you have comments or suggestions please let us know.  You can email your thoughts by clicking on the Comment  feature which is available at the very top of each page as well as in the bottom menu.

More Tim Cranston Walking Tour Pictures

2012 Tours

20111 Tours

Historian Tim Cranston’s Walking Tours for Members

April 2012:  Elm Grove Cemetary 
HistWick members learned about Wickford history through the unique perspective of the stories “behind the stones”, focusing on the final resting places of the prominent families that made our village what it is.
May 2012:  Quality Hill

Tim Cranston, our local historian, took our members on an informative walk through the West Main Street section of Wickford Village, an area once known as “Quality Hill”.  Quality Hill became the place to build after the wakeup call that was the Great Gale of 1815. This tour focused on the prominent and interesting individuals that populated this part of the village across the centuries.

We learned about this  neighborhood’s connections to not only shipbuilding and the mariner’s trade, but  also farming, the law, and a unique tale about a real live Civil War carpetbagger.

2011 Walking Tours

During the summer of 2011 HistWick sponsored two walking tours for members this summer. Tim Cranston, who never fails to educate and entertain with stories about Wickford’s past, beguiled attendees with stories on “Sea Captains Homes” and “Worshipping in Olde Wickford.”



For more pictures, click here.


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