Lecture on the Lawn

  • Smith's Castle at Cocumscussoc 55 Richard Smith Drive North Kingstown, RI, 02852 United States

This season opens with North Kingstown historian Tim Cranston, and a showing of his film "Stories of the Sea Captains' Homes of Wickford."

Using the fine homes to tell the history of Wickford village, Cranston describes the state's more colorful mariners who lived in them, as well as how Wickford village began and how it flourished across the centuries. The film makes its debut on Rhode Island PBS on May 5th.

As our tour guide, Tim Cranston also provides broader perspective in Stories of the Sea Captains' Homes of Wickford about the villiage's relevance to the Triangle Trade, the Revolutionary War, Rhode Island's colonial past, privateering and piracy, the Victorian Gilded Age of Newport, transportation and commerce in 18th and 19th Century New England and boating industries in the region. 

The documentary is the work of Rhode Island filmmaker Edward Brassard (Maple Syrup in Rhode Island) and California-based film editor Gloria D'Alessandro.