Talk About a WaterFire Lighting …

Happy Gaspee!

Thanks to one well-placed sandbar at Namquit Point off the coast of Warwick, the movement toward American Revolution really heated up 243 years ago today when the HMS Gaspee ran aground and was later boarded and burned by rebel colonists under the direction of John Brown and Abraham Whipple.

This group comprised the Providence chapter of the Sons of Liberty, and their plan was hatched in what was then the city’s Sabin Tavern (and what is now a parking lot on South Main Street). Who knew a parking lot could be so exciting? This spot will be just one stop on our upcoming walking tour – full of education, exercise, and a festive spirit – taking place Saturday, June 13. The hourlong tour – which costs $10 – will start at 5:30pm at the John Brown House Museum and will conclude in plenty of time for you to catch that evening’s full WaterFire lighting.

Don’t miss this special event in celebration of Gaspee Days! To make a reservation, call guide Barbara Barnes at (401) 272-7507 x362 or email her at For more information on all Rhode Island Historical Society walking tours, click here.

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