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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.

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