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Governor Sprague Mansion, Cranston

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The Governor William Sprague Mansion is an historic mansion and museum at 1351 Cranston Street in Cranston, Rhode Island. The house was the birthplace of Governor William Sprague III and his nephew, Governor William Sprague IV.
Three generations of the Sprague family lived in the house. The Spragues were founders of the Sprague Print Works in 1808, which later became the Cranston Print Works, which is the only continuously operating textile printing company in America. At the time of the Civil War, the A. & W. Sprague Company was the richest textile company in the United States.
The house was built around 1790. It was expanded significantly in 1864 by Col. Amasa Sprague. He added a wide hall and wide, winding staircase, for the purpose of entertaining his social contacts from financial, political, and social circles.
The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971. Currently the house is owned and operated by The Cranston Historical Society, a private, non-profit educational and historic preservation organization.
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  • Visited in the morning for coffee and tea for a special holiday event. Really enjoyed the visit and tour by the care takers. Nice small gift shop with local books, it had one that I just purchased...  more »
  • not far from this location Mr.Sprague was shot and killed and a man arrested was hanged without any proof that he did it. Last hanging in RI the building is a great masterpeice and is an outstanding....  more »
  • Went for a fundraiser. Friendly staff. Did not know about it until today. They also give tours of this historic site. I'm planning to go back for the tour. Beautiful woodwork, fancy flare. Lots of parking.
  • I got there after closing, but it's an impressive house and property - great photo opp, worth a visit
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