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

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.

March 2012: HistWick Welcomes new President Barbara Carroll

Barbara Carroll was chosen to lead HistWick at their 2012 Annual Meeting on March 29th at the Wickford Yacht Club.

“We are most fortunate to have Barbara Carroll step forward to serve as HistWick’s new President.”  Mike Dacey, Past President, said when introducing her recently.  He has known Barbara for many years.  “She not only has great enthusiasm, but also the leadership skills that will move HistWick forward in the future.”

Barbara has lived in North Kingstown for the last four years and can often be seen walking her dog Fogarty through the village of Wickford in the morning before heading to the Beach Rose for breakfast.  Her daughter, son-in-law and grandson also live in North Kingstown.  A native of Chicago and a resident of Rhode Island for over 30 years, Barbara is a real estate agent for Lila Delman Real Estate.  “Living in Wickford over the last four years has been wonderful and I welcome the chance to give something back to the community” Barbara recounts.

December 2011: Historic Home Treasure Hunt

HistWick’s Historic Home Treasure Hunt was a new event which HistWick sponsored to support the merchants during the 2011 Festival of Lights.

2011 Annual Meeting: Hussey Bridge History


At the 2011 Annual Meeting in March, Board Member Doug Somers gave a talk about the history of the Hussey Bridge.  The slides are below.  HistWick is working with the state who plans to restore the bridge in the next few years.

2010 Garden Tour

Wickford in Bloom Presented by Historic Wickford

On Saturday, July 17, 2010Historic Wickford presentedWickford in Bloom, a waterfront garden tour of fourteen private and public gardens, eight of them on tour for the first time this year, in Wickford.  This was a self-guided walking tour through the village that allowed everyone to explore a unique collection of gardens.  Designs of the gardens vared—from cottage-inspired gardens, to small hidden gardens, to richly landscaped gardens.  This year Wickford in Bloom featured artists on location painting in each garden, and for the first time, workshops for gardeners.

The 2010 garden tour featured gardens on the properties of eighteenth and nineteenth century homes and buildings—some on the picturesque harbor and others on the tree-lined village streets. In each garden, a prominent award-winning local artist was featured painting on location.  Some are members of the prestigious Art League of Rhode  Island, including Al Albrektson, Marjorie Ball, Lorraine Bromley, Joan Boghossian, and Frances Topping. Other distinguished artists participating included Susi Franco, Gerri Feldman, Karen Dodez, Tom McAleer, and Carol Shelton.  Each artist has a unique style, mixed media, oil or watercolor.  Many of these artists have open studios by appointment, and their works have been featured throughout Rhode Island, the United States, and internationally.                

For the first time Wickford in Bloom featured workshops for gardeners throughout the day.  Presented by local experts in garden design, workshops included:  Designing Your Garden: Where Do You Begin?,  by Linda Hughes, garden designer and master gardener; Designing and Planting Container Gardens, by Jane Case, owner, Blue Moon Farm; and, Creating Floral Arrangements with Plants in Your Garden, by Sue Shriner and Priscilla Green, floral designers.   All workshops were held in the Gardens at The Wickford Collection, located at30 West Main Street in Wickford.

Also adding another dimension of creativity to the tour this year was renowned local craft person, Christine Pratt, an accomplished weaver and miniaturist, who displayed four miniature box rooms in the front windows of her historic Main   Street home.  Each room had a garden theme and featured her unique whimsical touch in a delightful interpretation of Peter Rabbit’s Garden, Grandma’s Garden, Retirement Garden, and Southwest Garden.

In addition, during Wickford in Bloom, raffle tickets were be sold for a hand-made quilt depicting historic Wickford scenes.Proceeds from the raffle were donated to the North Kingstown Food Pantry

For more details, view the brochure: 2010 Wickford In Bloom Program


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