Block Island Historical Society, New Shoreham

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The Block Island Historical Society is a historical society which runs a museum at 18 Old Town Road and Ocean Avenue on Block Island (New Shoreham) in Rhode Island.

The Block Island Historical Society Museum was founded in 1942. The museum is located within Woonsocket House, a large house built in 1871. It was purchased in 1945, and numerous artifacts related to Block Island's history from "early maritime and farming displays to colonial memorabilia and scenes from Victorian summer past times. Two floors of exhibit rooms include fine furniture, textiles, quilts, boat models, tools, fishing gear, Native American artifacts, oral history tapes and other interesting displays." The museum is open daily during the summer and by appointment during the remainder of the year.
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  • This small museum keeps getting better; put it on on your to do list. The Walking Tour of New Harbor is great!!!  more »
  • We stopped by because they have artisan fairs on Sunday (turns out it was the off Sunday) but we learned a lot about the island and was worth seeing.  more »
  • we did one of the guided tours and it was amazing. We also stopped to see the fish tanks and the kids loved it. The other activities look so interesting, I wish we had done more.
  • It is a nice building with preserved artifacts. What I found the most The most interesting was, how the water levels have raised and reformed the Rhode Island - Block island area.
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