Roger Williams National Memorial

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Roger Williams National Memorial
ROGER WILLIAMS NATIONAL MEMORIAL.jpg
Roger Williams National Memorial is located in Rhode Island
Roger Williams National Memorial
Location Providence, Rhode Island
Coordinates 41°49′49″N 71°24′39″W / 41.83038°N 71.41089°W / 41.83038; -71.41089Coordinates: 41°49′49″N 71°24′39″W / 41.83038°N 71.41089°W / 41.83038; -71.41089
Area 4.5 acres (1.8 ha)
Built 1636
Architect Norman Isham
Architectural style No Style Listed
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference #

66000942

[1]
Added to NRHP October 15, 1966

The Roger Williams National Memorial is a landscaped urban park located on a common lot of the original settlement of Providence, Rhode Island, by Roger Williams in 1636. Bounded by North Main, Canal, and Smith Streets and Park Row, the memorial commemorates the life of the co-founder of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations and a champion of the ideal of religious freedom. Williams, banished from Massachusetts for his beliefs, founded this colony as a refuge where all could come to worship as their conscience dictated without interference from the state. This park is the 20th smallest national park in the nation.

Description[edit]

The Roger Williams National Memorial is a 4.5-acre (1.8 ha) park, located near the eastern bank of the Moshassuck River, east of the Rhode Island State House and north of downtown Providence. It stands at the base of College Hill, a National Historic Landmark District that is the city's oldest and most historically significant area. It is separated from the river by Canal Street, and bounded on the other three sides by Smith Street, Park Row, and North Main Street. The southern portion of the park has a relatively open grassy area ringed by trees, while the northern portion is more landscaped, with the visitor center housed in the Antram-Gray House at the northeast corner, and a parking area on the west side. Major features in the northern section include the Bernon Grove and the site of the spring which prompted Williams to select the site.[2]

The park's visitor center features an exhibit and video about Roger Williams and the founding of Rhode Island, as well as information about historic sites in Providence.

Statue of Roger Williams in the visitor center of the Roger Williams National Memorial
View of Roger Williams National Memorial
View of Roger Williams National Memorial

Administrative history[edit]

The national memorial was authorized on October 22, 1965. As with all historic areas administered by the National Park Service, the memorial was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966, and the site was developed in the late 1970s after land acquisition was completed. As of 2006, it is the only unit of the National Park System in Rhode Island. (Touro Synagogue National Historic Site in Newport is an affiliated area of the National Park Service, but not formally part of the system.)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ "Cultural Landscape Report for Roger Williams National Memorial". National Park Service. Retrieved 2014-10-28. 
Entrance sign

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Parks in Providence, Rhode Island

Burnside Park · India Point Park · Prospect Terrace Park · Roger Williams National Memorial · Roger Williams Park · Waterplace Park