2019 Events (in a List format) *see also our calendar

Open house Saturday/70th ANNIVERSARY of our association

Saturday May 4th 10am-4pm

There will be something for everyone at Smith’s Castle’s Open House (free event). On Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 10:00 am – 4:00 p.m, Smith’s Castle invites the community to celebrate the Opening Day of the 2019 season and our 70th anniversary of the Cocumscussoc Association. Docents in colonial attire will be on site for walk throughs of the house museum, also available to the public are the first signs of spring in our historic landscape and gardens and walk our new walking trails with brochure and signage. The Rhode Island Pirate Players will be spinning tales and firing their black powder muskets. Entertainment includes the toe tapping music of the The Old Time Fiddlers Club of Rhode Island and songs of life in colonial Rhode Island by Nancy Carroll of Rhody Voices. Demonstrations throughout the day include camp cooking, butter-making and more. A yard sale, bake sale, and our gift shop will be available for shoppers. Children’s games and crafts will be available as well. 

Please come join us for a fun filled, spring day overlooking the water on beautiful Mill Cove.

Free to the public but donations greatly appreciated!

An evening with…Tim Cranston

Thursday May 9th 6:00 p.m.

 Tim Cranston

 “The Women of Wickford”

 G. Timothy Cranston is North Kingstown’s town historian and has written a weekly column for the Independent for twenty years. He is the author of numerous titles including the “Walking In Olde Wickford” series, as well as “We Were Here Too: Selected Stories of Black History in North Kingston. His work as a historian and preservation advocate through his non-profit corporation "Swamptown Enterprises" has garnered education and advocacy awards. 

 $5 suggested donation

uri master gardeners PRESENTATION

Saturday June 1st 10am-12pm

Colonial Gardening is Organic Gardening

$5 donation requested

Tea and Local history

Sunday June 2nd 4pm

Guest Lynne Heinzmann: “The Curious Childhood of Wanton Chase” her new book about a boyhood spent on Rose Island

$10 person, free to members

an evening with… professor linford fisher (brown)

Tuesday June 11th 6pm

“The Rise and Fall of Slavery in the Atlantic World”

 Professor Lin Fisher is leading a team of scholars in the creation of the Database of Indigenous Slavery in the Americans (DISA). In addition to creating this important database, Fisher is completing a book entitled Atlantic Passages: The Rise and Fall of Native Slavery in the Atlantic World, which will be published by Oxford University Press.  

 $5 suggested donation

Strawberry Festival

Saturday June 15th (rain date June 16th) 12pm-4pm

Come and enjoy a fun day with delicious strawberry shortcake. Strawberries are here! And shortcake is king! Enjoy the favorite fruit of the indigenous people and early colonists alike.

rise-up paranormal event

June 15th

more details to come

An evening with…Robert grandchamp

Tuesday July 2nd 6pm

“Rhode Island’s Sacrifice in the Civil War”

Robert Grandchamp is a twelfth generation Rhode Islander and is widely regarded as the nation’s leading authority on Rhode Island Civil War history. He earned his MA in American History from Rhode Island College where he studied Rhode Island History under Dr. Stan Lemons. Robert is the author of nine books including, The Seventh Rhode Island Infantry, Rhody Redlegs, Colonel Edward E. Cross: New Hampshire Fighting Fifth, A Civil War Biography, The Boys of Adams’ Battery G, Rhode Island and the Civil War: Voices from the Ocean State, and the forthcoming A Connecticut Yankee at War: The Life and Letters of George Lee Gaskell. A former National Park Ranger he is an analyst with the government and resides in northern Vermont.

$5 suggested donation

Tea and local history

Sunday July 7th 4pm

Guests: URI Master Gardeners talk about the history of their involvement with Smith’s Castle and give a tour of the Colonial Garden and adjacent gardens.

$10 per person, members are free

Pot luck supper: members and their guests only

July 11th 6pm-8pm

President Chet Browning will discuss his career as State photographer and give a presentation.

An evening with…Robert Geake

Friday July 19th 6pm

Bob Geake will talk about Daniel Updike and Wanton Casey: Brothers in Arms on the Homefront

$5 suggested donation

rise-up paranormal event

August 10th

more details to come

pot luck supper: members and their guests only

September 10th 6pm-8pm

see members corner for more details

Tea and local history

Sunday September 15th 4pm

Guests: TBA

$10 per person, members are free

rise-up paranormal event

September 21st

more details to come

Tea and local history

Sunday October 6th 4pm

Guests: TBA

$10 per person, members are free

harvest Festival: Dairy days

Saturday October 19th (rain date October 20th) 12pm-4pm

Come learn about Smith’s Castle during its days as a dairy operation. Children’s games, music, the bounty of the harvest. All of this and apple crisp too! Relax and enjoy a fine autumn day!

what’s it worth wickford?

October 26th

more details to come

rise-up paranormal event

October 26th

more details to come

Rise-up paranormal event

November 16th

more details to come

Christmas at the castle

Saturday December 7th and Sunday December 8th 12pm-4pm both days

The best time of the year! The aroma of home baked treats will fill Smith’s Castle along with the spices of mulled cider and the scents of the season. Enjoy some cider, good conversation, and the music of the season.