• Please Help Preserve Block Island History

    Memberships available. Donations Welcome! Checks payable to: Block Island Historical Society

  • Cemetery Tour "Exceptional Women of Block Island"

    Event Location: At the West Side Road entrance of the Island Cemetery, across from Ball O'Brian Park Event Date: Tuesday, June 30th @ 7 pm Horderves at the Historical Society after the Tour. If you like to explore history and mystery in a beautiful setting, don’t miss the Island Cemetery Tour led by Pam Gasner, Director of the Block Island Historical Society and Karin Sprague, Rhode Island stone carver. Set high on a hill at the corner of West Side Road and Center Road, the cemetery offers stunning views of the island, the ocean and the Great Salt Pond. In this tour you will discover the story of Block Island's Influential women while exploring the symbolism and sculpture of stone memorials. Both notable Block Island women themselves, Pam Gasner brings her knowledge of the Island's history and Karin Sprague, her unique understanding of New England gravestone art.

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  • Block Island Historical Society

    Located on Old Town Road, across from the bank Fall & Winter Season: By Appointment Call (401) – 864 – 4357 Admission: $6 per adult; $4 seniors & students. Members and children 16 and under free. Group rate $15. Guided tours upon request. Special off site tours. Group tours & rates are available for schools, scouts and other community organizations. The Gallery Room, tent and grounds are also available to rent for private events.

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  • Historical Society Renovations

    Renovations have been made over the last two years to make the Historical Society into a state-of-the-art museum and learning experience.

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  • Guided tours upon request. Special off site tours. Group tours

    Rates are available for schools, scouts and other community organizations. The Gallery Room, tent and grounds are also available to rent for private events. Phone: (401) - 466 - 2481 Email: blockhistory@me.com Mailing Address: PO Box 79 18 Old Town Road Block Island, RI 02807

  • Year round Manissean Village Site

    In 1662, natives on the island numbered somewhere from 1,200 to 1,500. By 1774, that number had been reduced to fifty-one.

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  • Southeast Lighthouse Moved

    The National Historic Landmark, Southeast Lighthouse was moved in 1993, as it was in danger of falling off the Mohegan Bluffs due to erosion.

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  • "That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history." ~ Aldous Huxley

  • Double Ender Renovations

    John Puckett, a graduate of the wooden boatbuilding and restoration program at the International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS) in Newport, RI, has set out to create a replica of a historical Block Island double-ender sailboat. He plans to restore the boat to historically accurate conditions with help from the Block Island Historical Society.

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  • Verrazzano sights Island

    In 1524, what later became known as Block Island was sighted by Giovanni da Verrazzano, who named it “Claudia”, in honor of Claude, Duchess of Brittany, queen consort of France and the wife of Francis I.

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