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60 ELM STWESTERLY, RI 02891 United States

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Mission Statement

"The NSCDA of RI has undertaken the stewardship of the Stephen Hopkins House for the purpose of public education about the life of Stephen Hopkins, his family and slaves, in the context of 18th century America. We seek to promote recognition of Stephen Hopkins’ achievements and the role he played in the birth of our country and the development of the City of Providence, and the Colony & State of Rhode Island. Our ultimate goal is to bring meaning to early American history for the widest possible audience and to demonstrate its relevance to a responsible citizenry in the 21st century and beyond." AMERICA’S HISTORY IS EVERYONE’S STORY


The Stephen Hopkins House - t he original home of Rhode Island's own Founding Father!

This 8-room house, the oldest in the City, built in 1707 & 1742, was home for more than 4 decades to merchant, legislator, judge, 10-time Governor and Signer of the Declaration of Independence, Stephen Hopkins, his family, and their slaves.

A Norman Isham restoration, twice moved but virtually unmodernized, it also served as Hopkins' place of business, and hosted George Washington in 1776 & 1781. The parlor, study, bedchambers (one where Washington slept) keeping room and slaves' room are furnished with period antiques & Hopkins heirlooms.

Below, the parterre garden was designed by Williamsburg landscape architect and Hopkins descendant, Alden Hopkins. In our Gallery
"Samplers: Exquisite Needlework & its Meaning in Early Rhode Island" showing the RI Society of Colonial Dames' fine collection of 17th-19th century American schoolgirl samplers.


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