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 , 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

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 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: 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

Halloween in Historic Wickford

Now is a great time stroll through the streets of Wickford Village.  Check out the scarecrows that grace the storefronts and take our Walking Tour past historic buildings and homes.

Here are some of the scarecrows that have made their appearance  over the past few years.  Come  see who will appear this year.  Don’t delay.  THE TIME IS NOW!!!!!





















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.


Mike Dacey Honored at Local Chamber Event on April 25th, 2012

Past President Honored at Local Chamber Event

The North Kingstown Chamber’s 7th annual community-wide Volunteer Recognition Celebration took place on April 25th at the Quonset ‘O’ Club. They honored 19 volunteers and the organizations they serve and Mike Dacey was honored for his outstanding work for Historic Wickford, Inc.

During his three years as president of HistWick Mike Dacey was instrumental in the organization’s growth and strong focus on its mission to preserve, protect and celebrate the historic quality of the Village and surrounding areas. His initiation of a credible strategic plan led the organization to forge new programs to educate citizens on the importance of historic preservation and protective guardianship efforts such as HistWick’s participation in planning renovation of the Hussey Bridge. Active membership in the organization has doubled during Mike’s tenure due to this increased visibility in––and service to––the community. 

In addition to his work with HistWick, Mike is a dedicated husband and father and a member of the Historic District Commission and the Warwick Rotary where he served as president, vice president and chair of many committees.
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