Walking Tours

Join us in 2016 for walking tours of the storied streets of Providence!

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Benefit Street: A Mile of History

June 15-October 31: Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00am

Adults: $15, Seniors: $12, RIHS Members & Students: $10, Children 8 and under: Free

Begin: John Brown House Museum, 52 Power Street

Created in the mid-18th century “for the benefit of all,” this colonial thoroughfare shows off an enviable collection of 18th and 19th century wood-frame houses. Although the street gives the appearance of being a museum mile, it is actually a vital urban neighborhood enhanced by on-going preservation efforts since the 1950s.

For more information or to make reservations (recommended), please contact Jenn Wilson at 401-273-7507 x360 or jwilson@rihs.org.


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SPECIAL EVENT TOURS

Admission: $10 (cash/check/charge) at start of tour; check back for updates and email jwilson@rihs.org to make reservations, which are highly recommended

June 18, 5:30pm: Gaspee RiverWalk (starting point: John Brown House Museum)

The focus of this walking tour is the Gaspee affair of 1772 and the early American Revolution. It lasts for an hour, ending at the riverfront before the beginning of WaterFire.

July 16, 1pm: “Designing Women: A Women’s History Walk” (starting point: JBHM)

Learn about the artists, designers, planners, and doers like Betsy Metcalf, Antoinette Downing, Nancy Elizabeth Prophet, Beatrice Chace, Annmary Brown, and many others, who changed Providence and the world!

July 30, 1pm: “Gems and Genius: Rhode Island’s Innovative Jewelry History” (starting point: 60 Ship St.)

Join us for this special tour to hear about Providence’s dynamic history viewed through the facets of jewelry manufacturing, once among Rhode Island’s grandest enterprises.

August 20, 1pm: “H.P. Lovecraft Walk: A Literary Life” (starting point: JBHM)

See the city through this legendary writer’s lens by hearing passages from letters and stories connected to locations around the East Side.

September 17, 1pm: “Gems and Genius: Rhode Island’s Innovative Jewelry History” (starting point: 60 Ship St.)

Join us for this special tour to hear about Providence’s dynamic history viewed through the facets of jewelry manufacturing, once among Rhode Island’s grandest enterprises.

***Just Added***

October 15, 1-2:30pm: Avi’s Something Upstairs Tour (starting point: JBHM)
Admission: $15 covers one child and one adult; each additional child is $5; each additional adult is $10
A perennial favorite of school groups is now open to the public! Join the RIHS in exploring the streets of Providence through the lens of Avi’s Something Upstairs. This book has been captivating young readers for three decades with its blending of time travel, ghosts, fact, and fiction! We’ll walk the same streets as Kenny and Caleb, visit the waterfront, and see the very house that the story in which the story is set! Young readers must be in fourth grade and above; have finished the book in its entirety before participating in the tour; and be accompanied by an adult. The tour is 90 minutes long and covers a mile.
October 22, noon: “H.P. Lovecraft: A Literary Life” starting point: JBHM)
October 23, noon: “H.P. Lovecraft: A Literary Life” (starting point: JBHM)
October 29, 10am: “Personally Providence: Doyle Avenue” (starting point: University Heights Whole Foods)

Special guest tour guide Ray Rickman will tell us about Providence’s past by way of Doyle Avenue. Join us to learn about who owned and lived in these residences over time, and how this thoroughfare has changed since its development.

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