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Smith-Appleby House Hosts “What’s Cooking in Colonial RI?” on Sept. 29th

Colonial Cooking Open House

Learn about, and enjoy samples of, 18th century Colonial cooking during a special open house, demonstrations, and tours at the historic Smith-Appleby House Museum in Smithfield, RI, on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

At “What’s Cooking in Colonial RI?,” volunteers depicting 18th century characters will demonstrate Colonial cooking techniques — including hearthside cooking and baking, reflector oven, hanging roast, Dutch oven, beehive oven, and more.

Visitors are encouraged to participate — from trying their hand at a Colonial apple-corer, to hand-cranking homemade ice cream, to sampling the fare for themselves.

In addition to the cooking demonstrations, volunteers will conduct guided tours and showcase exhibits throughout the historic landmark home, featuring what daily life was like in 18th century Colonial Rhode Island.

The Smith-Appleby House was originally built circa 1696 as a one-room stone-ender with a loft by Elisha Smith, the grandson of John Smith “The Miller,” one of Roger Williams’ original party of six men who left the Massachusetts Bay Colony to settle in Providence. Expanded by later generations of the family to 12 rooms, today the House is one of a few remaining 17th century houses in Rhode Island and features original furnishings, designs, and exhibits.

What’s Cooking in Colonial RI?,” will take place Sept. 29, 2012, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., at the Smith-Appleby House Museum, 220 Stillwater Road in Smithfield, RI, located just off I-295 (Exit 8-B). There is a $5 donation for adults and children are free. No reservations are needed.

For more information, visit the website at or call 401-231-7363.

The House is headquarters to The Historical Society of Smithfield. For more information, visit the website at Follow the House on Facebook at, on Twitter at, and on Google+ at