Smith-Appleby House

Colonial Games, Crafts & Tours at Smith-Appleby House on June 30

The special events at the Smith-Appleby House Museum presents the 1696 farmhouse in a fun and entertaining way. Among the events include a Colonial militia & military encampment weekend in September, a Gingerbread Baking Day in October, Colonial Dinners in November, and Holiday Celebrations with Santa and Ms. Claus in December. Junes feature the popular colonial games and crafts for kids.

The Smith-Appleby House was originally built 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. A stone-ender is a house design unique to Rhode Island, where one entire wall, usually the North wall, is made of stone and is taken up by a massive fireplace, with the rest of the house made of timber. Later additions to the house over the generations has modified the fireplace design.

Those expansions increased the one-room farmhouse 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 that recreate the house’s original living experience. Its furnished rooms include the Keeping Room, Buttery, Birthing Room, Stencil Room, Best Parlor, and Loom Room, as well as family bedrooms, the kitchen, and a smoke room. Several other rooms feature specially-themed local historcal exhibits.

In addition, Smithfield’s only remaining railroad station, a flag stop, sits on the property that once encompassed 700 acres and included a mill and blacksmith shop.

During the military encampments, recreators perform military drills and full scale battles with opposing forces, while other docents in costume give living history demonstrations including cooking, firestarting, and making musket balls.

At “Colonial Games, Crafts & Tours Saturday,” kids are invited to learn and play Colonial games and make crafts just like children of long ago. Hosted by volunteers in 18th century costume, children can spend the afternoon practicing being graceful playing Graces, running and rolling a hoop with a stick, learning Colonial dances, making stencils and other crafts — and touring the historic landmark home to experience what daily life was like in the 18th century.

The 2012 “Colonial Games, Crafts & Tours Saturday” is scheduled for Saturday, June 30, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. There is a $5 donation for adults and children are free. No reservations are needed.

The Smith-Appleby House Museum is located just off I-295 (Exit 8-B) at 220 Stillwater Road in Smithfield, RI. For more information, visit the website at or follow the House on Facebook at, on Twitter at, and on Google+ at The House is headquarters to The Historical Society of Smithfield.

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