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Hearthside House, Lincoln

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Specialty Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
Located just to the north of Providence in Lincoln, Rhode Island, Hearthside is a unique stone mansion built in 1810 on pastoral Great Road, the first road through the wilderness between Providence and Mendon, Massachusetts, and one of the oldest thoroughfares in America.

Hearthside is beautifully preserved and had been a private residence until 1996, when the Town of Lincoln purchased the property. In 2001, a group of citizens formed "Friends of Hearthside", a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to serve as stewards of the house and help preserve the property, while promoting its historical significance and accessibility to the public. Hearthside House Museum is open frequently for guided tours and special events, and by appointment for group tours. For a schedule of openings, please see our Events section.

Hearthside has been noted as one of the finest examples of early 19th century federal-style houses in the state, and it is on the National Register of Historic Places. The unique 2 ½ story house is built of fieldstone, which was rare in dwellings at that time. Its design includes a gable roof with impressive ogee curves above circular attic windows. There are 10 fireplaces in the 10-room home, hence the name " Hearthside. " Hearthside has become known as "The House That Love Built" because of the romantic history behind the building of this beautiful house by Stephen Hopkins Smith.
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  • Hearthside is a beautiful piece of history that is fortunate to have a wonderful group of people that are committed to making this home enjoyed by hundreds today.  more »
  • A beautifully restored and maintained historic property . Well furnished and it features a variety of events throughout the year Appealing to the old and young . Many activities geared towards...  more »
  • What a cool place. The kids loved it. The docents were so knowledgeable and patient. They answered all of the kids questions. Highly recommended.
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