Welcome to the Block Island Historical Society

The Block Island Historical Society Museum Gallery & Shop is located at the four-way intersection in Old Harbor at 18 Old Town Road/Bridgegate Square across from the bank and Bagel Shop.

LEARN MORE

Welcome to the Block Island Historical Society

 

The Block Island Historical Society Museum Gallery & Shop is located at the four-way intersection in Old Harbor at 18 Old Town Road/Bridgegate Square across from the bank and Bagel Shop.

 

LEARN MORE

Welcome to the Block Island Historical Society

 

The Block Island Historical Society Museum Gallery & Shop is located at the four-way intersection in Old Harbor at 18 Old Town Road/Bridgegate Square across from the bank and Bagel Shop.

 

LEARN MORE

Guided tours, Special off site tours, & Group tours are available!

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: blockislandhistory@gmail.com

Mailing Address: PO Box 79, 18 Old Town Road, Block Island, RI 02807.

Please Help Preserve Block Island History

If you only donate to charity once in awhile, think about us next time!

Memberships available.

Checks payable to: Block Island Historical Society

ABOUT THE BLOCK ISLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY

The Block Island Historical Society Museum, Gallery & Shop are all located at the 4-way intersection in Old Harbor at 18 Old Town Road/Bridgegate Square across from the bank and Bagel Shop.

The white three-story building with cupola and red mansard roof  is the headquarters for the Society. The building is listed as part of  the National Register Old Harbor Historic District. The museum building originally known as the Woonsocket House ca. 1871,( a hotel & annex with rooms that were rented to summer visitors up until the 1970′s ) was purchased by the Society in 1945.  It was the original homestead of Gideon Rose and later rebuilt as a boarding house by A.J. Rose and family.

We have on-going events all year!

Become a Member today and get access to all the happenings

OUR EVENTS

LEARN ABOUT THE HISTORY OF BLOCK ISLAND

Current North Lighthouse Built

In 1829, the first North Light was built at Sandy Point on the north end of the island.  It was replaced in 1837 after it was washed out to sea. In 1857 a third lighthouse was also claimed by the ocean.  In 1867, the granite block lighthouse that can be seen today was...

Island occupied by Navy

During The War of 1812 Block Island was briefly occupied by the British Navy under the command of Sir Thomas Hardy. British vessels included HMS Dispatch, HMS Terror, HMS Nimrod, HMS Pactolus and HMS Ramillies. Hardy took the fleet to Block Island in search of food...

CONTACT US

 

Send us a message if you’re interested in a tour, have questions about Block Island History, or have artifacts you think we would be interested in!

3 + 15 =