OTHER NEARBY ATTRACTIONS
A few miles fromWickford Village off Post Road is Smith’s Castle, a colonial house museum with a rich history. In the 1600s, it was the site of trading posts established by Rhode Island founder RogerWilliams and settler Richard Smith. Smith built a fortified house on the site, hence the name. Today docents in period costumes lead visitors on tours giving them a glimpse into Rhode Island’s past, and the museum hosts several events throughout the year, including historical re-enactments, a Strawberry Festival and Christmas at the Castle.
At the Gilbert Stuart Birthplace andMuseum in Saunderstown, visitors learn about the life of one of America’s greatest portraitists. Stuart painted the famous portrait of GeorgeWashington that appears on the U.S. dollar bill, and the 1750 house in which he was born has been authentically restored. The museum sits on 23 acres of wooded land that includes a working grist mill, gardens, millpond and nature trails, and guided tours are offered seasonally. As you continue south along Narragansett Bay, you’ll come to Casey’s Farm, a mid-eighteenth century homestead that is a rare example of the original plantations of the colonial era. Still a working farmthat grows organic produce, the grounds include a house museum, family cemetery, stone walls and hiking trails. On Saturday mornings, May 23 through Oct. 31, the farmhosts a large farmers market from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. that features meat, seafood, fruit and flowers among other things.