Arnold House education programs awarded a grant from Rhode Island Council for the Humanities
Colonial Times immerses students in early local history in an authentic seventeenth-century setting. The program combines classroom activities with a field trip and lets students explore history through hands-on activities including candle-making, writing, spinning and weaving, food preservation, and bartering.
Historic New England has been presenting exceptional school and youth programs for thirty years. These programs have earned national attention for their innovative use of historical resources to reinforce and enrich school curricula. In 2014 Historic New England served more than 49,000 students from 192 communities.
The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities is an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities that seeds, supports, and strengthens public history, cultural heritage, civic education, and community engagement by and for all Rhode Islanders.
Arnold House (1693): In 1693, Eleazer Arnold, a major landowner, built his house along Great Road, one of the earliest roads in the colonies. Two stories high, with a pilastered chimney, the home so dominated the modest dwellings of nearby farmers that it earned the title “Eleazer’s Splendid Mansion.” With its massive chimney end wall, the house is a rare survivor of a once-common Rhode Island building type known as a stone-ender. The structure has sustained many alterations over the centuries. Visitors find evidence of seventeenth-century construction methods, eighteenth-century additions, nineteenth century graffiti, and the twentieth-century approach to preservation that restored the house to its present appearance. Arnold House is located at 487 Great Road. Guided tours are on the hour, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with the last tour at 4:00 p.m.