Historical Marker Unveiling : April 7, 11:00 am, Updike Park

Historical Markers for Wickford, RI

HistWick proudly announces the unveiling of six historical markers in Wickford. The public is invited and encouraged to attend this celebration: April 7, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Updike Park located at the corner of Brown Street and West Main Street (rain or shine).

The program will be lively but brief. North Kingstown Historian, Tim Cranston, will then lead a “Wickford Walk” to one or more of the markers, explaining some historical highlights at each locale. Light refreshments will be available. A film crew will be on hand to document this exciting event.

HistWick is a nonprofit organization devoted to preserving and protecting historic features in Wickford and environs. Discussions of a marker project began in mid-2015. After a comparative study and research of other RI historic villages by members of the organization, the HistWick Board was approached to support the creation of this project.

Not only was the project endorsed, the Board committed $5,000 and a committee was formed comprised of members and historic enthusiasts including: Sue Moore, Tim Cranston, Peter Galster, Art Hall, Linda Piedra, Larry Ehrhardt, Mike Donohue and Charles Bauer to coordinate the project. Cranston chose items of historical interest and wrote the text for each marker.

The first five markers memorialize: Ship building in Academy Cove, Bush Hill’s early Narragansett settlement, Main Street’s grand houses, Updike house on Pleasant Street, and the rail/steamship era, the “Gateway to Newport” at the end of Main Street. A sixth marker will be located in Updike Park and contains a map and “walk” information, siting the markers.

The Rhode Island Foundation donated an additional $10,000 through the efforts of Tim Cranston. Local artists, including two Narragansett Tribe members, created the illustrations and Debbie Sabo designed the layout for the markers.

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