|Location||Westerly, Rhode Island|
|Architectural style||Early Georgian|
|NRHP Reference #||72000008 |
|Added to NRHP||July 24, 1972|
The Babcock–Smith House is a historic house at 124 Granite Street in Westerly, Rhode Island.
The house was built around 1734. Dr. Joshua Babcock, a correspondent with Benjamin Franklin, lived in the house and hosted both Franklin and General George Washington at the home. Babcock served also as a general in the state militia, as a justice on the Rhode Island Supreme Court, and as Westerly's first postmaster in the 1770s. He operated the post office and a general store out of this house. Babcock died in 1783 and "his family occupied the house until 1817. When his second wife, Anna Maxson Babcock, died in 1812, the property was passed to Dudley Babcock. Dudley, having lost some ships in the war of 1812 and unable to pay some debts, sold the house to his distant cousin, Oliver Wells, in 1817. Mr. Wells used it as a prosperous tenant farm, however the house was allowed to fall into disrepair."
Orlando Smith bought the property in 1846; he repaired the house and started a successful granite business based on a granite outcrop he had discovered there.
- National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- Walker, Patricia Chambers; Graham, Thomas (2000). Directory of Historic House Museums in the United States. Walnut Creek, Ca.: Altamira Press. p. 308. ISBN 0761989714.
- Babcock–Smith House Museum (2009). "Museum History". Retrieved October 1, 2009.
- Rhode Island Educational Circulars: Historical Series. Rhode Island, Office of Commissioner of Education. 1908. p. 77. LCCN 09002372.
- Official website
- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) No. RI-142, "Dr. Joshua Babcock House, 124 Granite Street, Westerly, Washington County, RI", 3 photos, 2 data pages, supplemental material
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