Unless otherwise noted, all events are held at Smith's Castle, 55 Richard Smith Drive, North Kingstown, R.I. Some events require registration in advance. Please phone the business office, 401-294-3521, for details.


Saturday & Sunday, May 2 & 3, 2015
Noon-4:00 p.m.
Opening Weekend - Bridge to the Past

Exciting Weekend planned - Check back for updates..


Saturday, June 20, 2015
(rain date June 21)
Noon-4:00 p.m.
Strawberry Festival


Saturday & Sunday, October 3 & 4, 2015
Noon to 4 pm
Smith's Castle Harvest Festival
with a two day Reenactors Encampment


Saturday 7, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
What's It Worth Appraisal Day
Have your item(s) appraised.


Christmas at the Castle

Saturday & Sunday, December 5 & 6, 2015
Noon to 4 pm


PAST EVENTS

Christmas at the Castle

This year's theme: "Peaceful, Easy Feeling
Christmas Customs of the 17th and 18th Centuries.

Saturday, December 6, 2014:
  • Noon - 4:00 - Father Christmas and Santa Clause
  • 1:00 - 2:00 - Sophie's Choice (children's musical group)
  • 2:30 - 3:30 - Brown University Madrigal Singers
  • Laura Paton Photography
  • 2:30 - South Kingstown High School Choral Group
Sunday, December 7, 2014:
  • Noon - 4:00- Father Christmas
  • 1:00 - 4:00 -D.A.R., dulcimer players
  • Sheila Reynolds, guitarist and the Beacon Pole Hill Chapter
  • 1:00 - 3:00 - Jubilate Bell Ringers (St. Luke's Bell Choir)
  • 1:30 - 2:30 The popular Santa Bob
Both Days:
  • Noon - 4:00 - Bob Chandler and his hurdy gurdy
  • Healey Farm - fresh wreaths and swags (local farm with locally grown Christmas decorations)
  • Complimentary warm cider and cookies
  • Bake sale
Admission: Members - free, Non-members - ages 13 and up - $6.00, 6-12 - $3.00, 5 and under - free.

Saturday 8, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
What's It Worth Appraisal Day

Have your item(s) appraised.
Daniel Buck Soules, a thirty year appraiser (also an independent appraiser for the PBS Antiques Road Show for over eleven years), will be at the Castle. Daniel will let you know if that family prized possession, you were never allowed to touch as a child, you could have touched. $10 for one item, $25 for three items. You may bring more than three items. (Members receive a one item appraised for free.)
To book a time slot, please contact: Smith's Castle's Office at:(401) 294-3521 or e-mail us at: smithscastle@earthlink.net


Saturday, October 4, 2014
(rain date Sunday, October 5th)
Noon to 4 pm
Smith's Castle Harvest Festival

Smith's Castle (a historical house museum built in 1678, An Individually Listed National Register Historic Building) will hold its Harvest Festival from noon to 4 pm. The grounds will come alive with music from the Jesse Liam Band performing noon to 2 pm. Catalysis will perform 2:15 to 4:15 pm.
The Festival also includes: tours of the Castle, quilting and spinning demonstrations, the Rhode Island Army National Guard's climbing wall (Must be 15 yrs. or older to climb), Vendors (farm products, fall decorations, jewelry, beautiful wool products, photography, etc.), Other booths (some with products to sell on site) include A Cabin in the Woods, B & D Fashions, Carolyn's Kitchen, Healy Farm, Incredible Threads, URI Master Gardiners, Paton Photography, RI Geneological Society, Samuel E. Perry Grist Mill, Silpada Jewelry, The Bead Lady, Usqueqpaugh Baking Co. LLC, Casey Farms with their petting animals and colonial games to play, John Austin (paranormal investigator) displaying examples of very interesting "encounters", food (home-made apple crisp, hot dogs, Jonny cakes, Hartley's Meat Pies, cider).

Come join the outdoor fun before the cold weather sets in. Adults: 13 yrs. and up $6; Children: 6 to 12 $3; Children 5 and under and Members FREE. Family cap: $15. The Castle is located at 55 Richard Smith Drive, off Post Road north of the State Police Barracks, in North Kingstown, RI.
For updates return here, call (401) 294-3521
or e-mail:
smithscastle@earthlink.net


Fourth Annual Smith's Castle Open Golf Tournament
Monday 15, 2014
Registration 7:30 a.m.
Tee Off 8:30 a.m.
Scramble Format

At the North Kingstown Municipal Golf Course
Late lunch to follow at Sonoma Bistro and Wine Bar on Post Road, NK.
View Registration Form
Printable version (set printer to portrait and 2-sided)
Call Bob Verdi at (401)294-8242
or Bob Stone at (401)885-4110


Saturday 14, 2014
(rain date June 15)
Noon-4:00 p.m.
Strawberry Festival

Savor Smith’s Castle’s celebrated strawberry shortcake and pay homage to the humble wild strawberry—a favorite of the early colonists and the native Narragansett.
Food - Popular homemade Strawberry Shortcake, hot dogs, soft drinks, Hartley's Meat Pies and more.
Entertainment - Dan Butterfield's Marionette Puppets, pony rides, Big Nazo Puppets, colonial games and farm animals to pet from Casey Farm and many vendors.
Admission: Members - free, Non-members - ages 13 and up - $7.00, 6-12 - $3.00, 5 and under free, Family Cap - $20.00


Saturday & Sunday, May 3 & 4, 2014
Noon-4:00 p.m.
Opening Weekend - Bridge to the Past

The 17th century era of the Cocumscussoc trading posts of Richard Smith and Roger Williams is recalled. Re-enactors and sutlers from around the region lend an air of authenticity to the festivities.


Saturday 25, 2014
9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Cocumscussoc Association Annual Meeting
At the North Kingstown Free Library
100 Boone Street, North Kingstown, RI


Saturday 7 & Sunday 8, 2013
Noon-4:00 p.m.
Christmas at the Castle

This year's theme: The History of the Christmas Carol
The halls of Smith's Castle are decked in period fashion for a celebration of Christmas past.
Enjoy live Musical Entertainment from an earlier era.
  Saturday:
    Mary King, Sophie's Choice, Brown Madrigal Singers.
  Sunday:
    Jesse Liam, The Very Merry Dickens Carol,
    St. Luke's Jubilate Ringers Handbell.
Story reading/singing: Santa Bob & Father Christmas
Popular Docent's bake sale, Gift Shop, children's crafts
Complimentary cider and cookies
Bring your camera and catch a photo with Father Christmas and Santa Bob.
Adults 13 and up - $5, Children 6 to 12 - $2,
Members & Children under 6 - free


Saturday 2, 2013
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
What's It Worth Appraisal Day

Have your item(s) appraised by thirty year appraiser Daniel Buck Soules (also, an independent appraiser on the PBS Antiques Road Show over eleven years).
$10 per item, 3 items for $25
(Members receive a one item appraised for free )
For more information and to register for a time slot, contact: Smith's Castle's Office at:(401) 294-3521 or e-mail us at: smithscastle@earthlink.net


Saturday 19, 2013
(rain date October 20)
Noon-4:00 p.m.
Colonial Harvest Festival

Spend an autumn day on the banks of scenic Mill Cove at Smith's Castle savoring seasonal treats and experiencing 18th century life on an authentic South County plantation homestead. This community event will be filled with family fun, games, booths, displays, crafts, entertainment and food.
12:00 to 2:00 PM - Jesse Liam Band
12:00 to 12:45 PM - Bob "Silverbeard" Chandler
1:00 to 1:45 PM - Sing with B
2:00 to 4:00 PM - Catalysis

Jonnycakes by Samuel E. Perry Grist Mill (formerly Carpenter's Mill)
Hartley's Original Pork Pies
And our own homemade apple crisp, a delicious fall treat.
Admission is $6 for age 13+; $2 for children 6-12. and under 6 are free. And as always, Castle Members and children under 6 enter free. And plenty of free on-site parking.
for photos and more information click here or call 401-294-3521 or e-mail smithscastle@earthlink.net

Saturdays 3, 10, 17 & 24, 2013
Noon-4:30
PIRATES: Against All Flags Exhibit

PIRATES! Against All Flags focuses on the pirates of the Red Sea trade that were common in New England from about 1690 to 1720. Neal Kirk, aka Captain William Kidd, founder/commander of Free Men Of the Sea, a pirate living-history reenactment group, will display his exhibit of original and reproduction artifacts to depict the reality and myths about the Golden Age of Piracy. Come get a glimpse into the fact and folklore of the pirates of long ago. View a variety of period weapons, an array of pirate flags, period coins, examples of what treasure pirates really sought, pirate books and movie costumes, types of punishments, and other piratical paraphernalia. If you love things piratical, you’ll enjoy this exhibit. Admission: $8 adults, $3 children 6-12, Free for children under 6 and Smith's Castle members. (401) 294-3521

Third Annual Smith's Castle Open Golf Tournament
Monday 9, 2013
Registration 7:30 a.m.
Tee Off 8:30 a.m.

At the North Kingstown Golf Course
Sponsorships, Registration form and more detail
Or call Bob Verdi at (401)294-8242
or Bob Stone at (401)885-4110


Saturday 15, 2013
(rain date June 16)
Noon-4:00 p.m.
Strawberry Festival

Savor Smith’s Castle’s celebrated strawberry shortcake and pay homage to the humble wild strawberry—a favorite of the early colonists and the native Narragansett. Enjoy a day filled with fun family entertainment.


Wednesday, May 22, 2013
6:30 p.m. at The North Kingston Free Library
Career of Att. Gen. Daniel Updike

He was the longest serving attorney general in Rhode Island history. He helped defend and expand Rhode Island’s boundaries. And he was a founder of the Rhode Island Bar and Newport’s Redwood Library. Yet, Daniel Updike’s name is unrecognized to most Rhode Islanders today, and his life work and many accomplishments have remained in the shadows. Dr. Catherine DeCesare of the University of Rhode Island has explored the vaults of the major archives of the state to uncover both the public and private case work of Daniel Updike (c1693-1757). On Wednesday, May 22, at 6:30pm, she will discuss Updike’s pervasive legal career and his contributions in bringing the colony of Rhode Island into the mainstream of the British Atlantic world.


Saturday & Sunday, May 4 - 5, 2013
Noon-4:00 p.m.
Opening Weekend - Bridge to the Past

The 17th century era of the Cocumscussoc trading posts of Richard Smith and Roger Williams is recalled. Re-enactors and sutlers from around the region lend an air of authenticity to the festivities.


Saturday 26, 2013
9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Cocumscussoc Association Annual Meeting
At the North Kingstown Free Library
100 Boone Street, North Kingstown, RI


Saturday 1 & Sunday 2, 2012
Noon-4:00 p.m.
Christmas at the Castle

This year's theme: The History of the Christmas Tree
The halls of Smith's Castle are decked in period fashion for a celebration of Christmas past. Enjoy live music from an earlier era. Bring your camera and catch a photo with Father Christmas and Santa Bob.
Nibble on complimentary cookies and sip hot mulled cider.
Baked Sale table
Adults 13 and up - $5
Children 6 to 12 - $2
Members & Children under 6 - free


Saturday 3, 2012
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
What's It Worth? returns to Smith's Castle

Have your item(s) appraised by thirty year appraiser Daniel Buck Soules (also, an independent appraiser on the PBS Antiques Road Show over eleven years).
$10 per item,
3 item for maximum for $25 (Members receive a one item free appraisal)
For more information and to register for a time lot, contact: Smith's Castle's Office at:(401) 294-3521 or e-mail us at: smithscastle@earthlink.net


Saturday 13, 2012
(rain date October 14)
Noon-4:00 p.m.
Colonial Harvest Festival

Spend an autumn day on the banks of scenic Mill Cove at Smith's Castle savoring seasonal treats and experiencing 18th century life on an authentic South County plantation homestead. This community event will be filled with family fun, crafts, entertainment and food, including homemade apple crisp, a delicious fall treat.
Admission is $6 for age 13+; $2 for children 6-12, and under 6 are free. As always, Castle Members enter free. For more information, call 401-294-3521 or e-mail smithscastle@earthlink.net


Second Annual Smith's Castle Open Golf Tournament
Monday 17, 2012
Registration 7:30 a.m.
Tee Off 8:30 a.m.

At the North Kingstown Golf Course
Sponsorships, Registration form and more detail
Or call Bob Verdi at (401)294-8242
or Bob Stone at (401)885-4110


Saturdays 4, 11, 18 & 25, 2012
Noon-4:30
PIRATES: Against All Flags Exhibit

PIRATES! Against All Flags focuses on the pirates of the Red Sea trade that were common in New England from about 1690 to 1720. Neal Kirk, aka Captain William Kidd, founder/commander of Free Men Of the Sea, a pirate living-history reenactment group, will display his exhibit of original and reproduction artifacts to depict the reality and myths about the Golden Age of Piracy. Come get a glimpse into the fact and folklore of the pirates of long ago. View a variety of period weapons, an array of pirate flags, period coins, examples of what treasure pirates really sought, pirate books and movie costumes, types of punishments, and other piratical paraphernalia. If you love things piratical, you’ll enjoy this exhibit. Admission: $8 adults, $3 children 6-12, Free for children under 6 and Smith's Castle members. (401) 294-3521

Saturday 25, 2012
2:00-4:30
A Gathering of Scoundrels: A Celebration of Mariners, Pirates and Privateers and their Sea Shanties

This event will be all about Pirates and mariners and the craft, music and merriment of that time in history. The Castle will abound with pirate and mariner re-enactors and some of New England's finest maritime musicians. There will be a maritime music festival like no other at Smith's Castle on Saturday. People will gather on the front lawn of the Castle over looking beautiful Mill Cove and Rabbit Island. Re-enactors and musicians are: Rick Spencer, Barnacle, Patchy Cauveens and Free Men of the sea. Master of ceremony is Colonial Governor Samuel Cranston portrayed by Tim Cranston. This event is sponsored by the North Kingstown Arts Council.
Admission to the outdoor activities is FREE.
Admission to the indoor PIRATES! Exhibit is $8 adults, $3 children 6-12, and FREE for children under 6 and Smith's Castle members. (401) 294-3521.

Saturday 16, 2012
(rain date June 17)
Noon-4:00 p.m.
Strawberry Festival

Savor Smith’s Castle’s celebrated strawberry shortcake and pay homage to the humble wild strawberry—a favorite of the early colonists and the native Narragansett. Enjoy a day filled with fun family entertainment.


Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Lecture by James Wermuth, John Clarke Society
At the North Kingstown Free Library
100 Boone Street, North Kingstown, RI

John Clarke and the Charter of 1663

Dr. John Clarke was one of the founding fathers of Rhode Island. The highlight of his contributions was his authorship of the 1663 Charter of Rhode Island, the most liberal charter granted by England during the colonial era. In this talk on Wednesday, May 16, at 6:30, James Wermuth, Executive Director of the John Clarke Society, will examine Clarke’s formative years, his authorship of the Charter, and the lasting importance of this document.
This event will be held at the North Kingstown Free Library. Please register for this program by calling the NKFL at 294-3306 or register online.

Saturday, May 5, 2012 - Noon-4:00 p.m.
Sunday May 6, 2012 - Noon-2:00 p.m.
Archeologist for a Day

If you’ve been an armchair archaeologist all your life, here’s your chance to get out of the recliner and into the test pit. During Bridge to the Past weekend, Colin Porter, a doctoral candidate at Brown University and a member of Smith’s Castle’s site committee, will oversee a community archaeology project.


Saturday & Sunday, May 5 - 6, 2012
Noon-4:00 p.m.
Opening Weekend - Bridge to the Past

The 17th century era of the Cocumscussoc trading posts of Richard Smith and Roger Williams is recalled. Re-enactors and sutlers from around the region lend an air of authenticity to the festivities. Presented in collaboration with the Roger Williams National Memorial.


Saturday 18, 2012
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Lecture: Documenting Slavery at Cocumscussoc

This presentation forms the basis for a grant proposal to find additional information to provide a more informed picture of the lives of enslaved and indentured laborers at Cocumscussoc, as well as of the Smith/Updike family's roles in the institution of slavery.

At the North Kingstown Free Library
100 Boone Street, North Kingstown, RI

 

Thursday, May 12, 2011 6:30 p.m.
Learn about Nipsachuck Battlefield in King Philip’s War
At the North Kingstown Free Library
100 Boone Street, North Kingstown, RI

Doug Harris and Paul Robinson will provide a presentation and discuss their research into Nipsachuck, a place in northern Rhode Island of enduring ceremonial importance to Indian people, where two major conflicts took place during the King Philip’s War, 1675-1676. Their research is assisted by a grant from the American Battlefield Protection Program at the National Park Service, U.S. Department of Interior. Doug Harris is Preservationist for Ceremonial Landscapes in the Narragansett Indian Tribal Historic Preservation Office. Paul Robinson is the Principal Archaeologist at the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission and an Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at Rhode Island College.