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Walk Through History: Wakefield’s Main Street Tours

  • Wakefield Comfort Station 305 Main Street Wakefield, RI 02879 (map)

The Center is partnering with Preserve Wakefield to offer guided walking historical walking tours of downtown Wakefield.  The tours are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. 

“Walk Through History: Wakefield’s Main Street” tours will focus on the village’s development, from its roots as a small mill village through its growth into South Kingstown’s main commercial district.  Sites to be discussed include the former Kenyon’s Department Store, the Wakefield Branch Company (now Arnold Lumber) and the Bell Block.  Tour attendees also will have the opportunity to view 1948 footage of downtown Wakefield recently acquired by the South County History Center.

There will be two tours offered at 6:30 p.m., and those tours will be repeated at 7:15 p.m.  Each tour will depart from the Wakefield Comfort Station (305 Main Street, Wakefield) and will last approximately 35 minutes.  Tours will be led by Preserve Wakefield’s W. Murray Gates, IV, and the South County History Center’s Erica Luke, and each tour will cover approximately a half-mile distance round trip. 

In case of inclement weather, the tours will be postponed until Thursday, September 21, at 6:30 p.m.  Please visit either Preserve Wakefield or the South County History Center’s website for updates.

Photo: Wakefield’s Main Street, 1904, South County History Center collection. 

Later Event: September 16
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