Group Tours at Watson Farm (1796)
Experience history, explore the land
The Narragansett first cultivated Jamestown, on Conanicut Island, camping here in the summertime and growing corn and beans. The resulting grasslands attracted colonial farmers for pasturing their sheep and cattle. In 1789 Job Watson purchased a piece of this rich farmland, and for the next two centuries, five generations of the Watson family cultivated the land at Watson Farm.
Today this working family farm is managed according to the principles of sustainable agriculture and raises heritage-breed cattle and other livestock. On a self-guided walking tour, explore the open fields and pastures, see commanding views of Narragansett Bay, stroll along the shore, and observe wildlife and seasonal farming activities. The house is not open to the public.
455 North Road, Jamestown, R.I.
Hours of Operation:
- June 1 to October 15, Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
- All group tours must be scheduled by appointment. In addition to open days, group tours may be scheduled at times the farm is closed to the public.
We are happy to work with you to customize your experience.
- Guided Landscape Tour: Enjoy an approximately one and a half-hour guided tour; please allow two hours for your visit.
- Medicinal Plant Tour: Join herbalist Kristin Minto on a walking tour to discover which plants can help relieve common ailments and promote well-being. Discover the history of herbal plant use, identification, and medicinal uses. Learn simple techniques for using herbs in your daily life.
- Off the Beaten Path: This in-depth tour takes you on a hike through this extensive seaside farm. Learn how the evolution of the farm relates to the local island community and Rhode Island history. Discover stories about the land, people, and natural resources of Narragansett Bay and learn how preserving our historic landscapes positively impacts local food production.
- We can accommodate up to 35 visitors at one time.
- Please note that the tour requires a considerable amount of walking. If members of your group need special assistance, please let the museum know in advance.
- Guided Landscape Tour: $10 per adult and $6 per student. Additional rates and a guaranteed fee of $100 apply for all other tours. Prices subject to change.
- Receptive tour operator rates available upon request.
- Tour leader and bus driver are welcome to a complimentary tour with the group.
- A non-refundable deposit based on your maximum number is due upon booking. The outstanding balance must be paid when the group arrives for the tour.
- Please call two weeks in advance to confirm a guaranteed number of visitors.
- Enjoy shopping and restaurants in nearby Historic Wickford Village and scenic downtown Jamestown.
- Explore nearby local historic sites such as Gilbert Stuart Birthplace, Smith’s Castle, and South County Museum.
- Nearby Newport offers many restaurants, shops, and attractions including the Newport Mansions on Bellevue Avenue.
- Visit another Historic New England property nearby. Package discounts available
- Casey Farm, Saunderstown – Visit a working certified organic farm, established in the eighteenth century as a plantation to grow food for Newport and other coastal markets, and learn about the role of farming in colonial Rhode Island. Tour the farmyard and the family cemetery, where six generations of Caseys are buried.
- Two restrooms located on the grounds.
- A picnic area available for use.
- Plenty of on-site parking is available for both cars and buses.
- This is an extensive seaside landscape and working farm. Please wear appropriate shoes and expect cooler windy conditions.
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