Farming in Southern Rhode Island
Jamestown, Rhode Island
Since the mid-seventeenth century, farmers have been making a living from the land in Jamestown, Rhode Island, and other southern Rhode Island communities. Over the twentieth century, however, pressure for housing has increased and much of the once open farmland has been developed. As a result, the region has lost many of its farms and much of its farm tradition. Historic New England is bringing together family members and workers from several operating farms in the area to document the changes they have witnessed to the agricultural practices over the last half century. In a group setting, staff will conduct interviews with the area’s farmers, many of whom grew up or worked on local farms. Participants will bring old maps, photographs, and other memorabilia to be copied and preserved in Historic New England’s Library and Archives.
For more information, e-mail community engagement at Historic New England.