During the 17th and 18th centuries, the Narragansett Planters of South County developed the first uniquely American breed of horse, the Narragansett Pacer.
Narragansett Pacers were known throughout the English-speaking world as a superlative riding horse. One writer described them as “the finest saddle horses in the world: they neither fatigue themselves nor their rider.”
But by the 19th century, the Narragansett Pacers were gone. What made them the best riding horses in the world? Why did they disappear?
Dr. Charlotte Carrington-Farmer, Assistant Professor of Early American History at Roger Williams University and a recognized authority on the Narragansett Pacer, will answer those questions on Thursday, October 25 during her program at the Peace Dale Museum of Art and Culture.
The spring of 1778 was a dismal time for Newport. Once the largest and most prosperous town in Rhode Island, its fortunes had fallen with the British occupation. Thousands had fled the city, and the people who remained were desparately low on food and fuel.
Find out what happened on Aquidneck Island 240 years ago this summer when author and independent historian Christian McBurney talks about the Rhode Island Campaign 7pm
Recent archeological investigations have yielded evidence that Native Americans have lived on the southern New England coast for more than 7,000 years. Long before Eurpoeans arrived, they were fishing, shellfishing, manufacturing canoes, and trading.
Jay Waller, Senior Archeologist at the Public Archeology Laboratory, Inc., will discuss how patterns of Native American coastal settlement and use have evolved over time. 7pm