Saunderstown, Rhode Island

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Saunderstown Historic District
House in the historic district
Saunderstown, Rhode Island is located in Rhode Island
Saunderstown, Rhode Island
Saunderstown, Rhode Island is located in the US
Saunderstown, Rhode Island
LocationNarragansett and North Kingstown, Rhode Island
Area79 acres (32 ha)
Architectural styleColonial Revival, Bungalow/Craftsman, Other
MPSNorth Kingstown MRA
NRHP reference #85001647 [1]
Added to NRHPJuly 19, 1985

Saunderstown is a small village and historic district in the towns of Narragansett and North Kingstown in Washington County, Rhode Island, United States.


Saunderstown is known as the birthplace of artist Gilbert Stuart, who is best known for painting the portrait of George Washington that is portrayed on the one-dollar bill. The Gilbert Stuart Birthplace and Museum consists of the house in which Stuart was born, a nature trail, and a functional gristmill, and is now open to the public as a museum.[2] Saunderstown is also the location of Casey Farm, an 18th-century plantation that is now a family farm. The farm grows organic vegetables, herbs, and flowers in a Community Agriculture Program. It is operated by Historic New England.[3]

Saunderstown's ZIP Code is 02874.

Historic district[edit]

The Saunderstown Historic District encompasses a section of Saunderstown which developed as a boatbuilding center and summer resort area in the late 19th century. It is centered on Ferry Road, Willett Road, and Waterway, between Boston Neck Road and Narragansett Bay. In addition to being home to a number of shipyards, several owned by members of the Saunders family, the area also became noted as a summer resort, hosting Benoni Lockwood and Frances Willing Wharton (a cousin to writer Edith Wharton), as well as the architect and artist Christopher Grant LaFarge, son of the famous artist John La Farge. This area is mainly residential, with wood frame houses one or two stories in height, with vernacular styling. Non-residential buildings include a country store, recreation center (which was formerly a fire barn), and the Saunderstown Post Office, which was built in 1902 as a Baptist church.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ Saunderstown, Rhode Island Community Profile
  3. ^ Historic New England, Casey Farm
  4. ^ "Historic Resources of North Kingstown" (PDF). Rhode Island Preservation. pp. 17–32, 86. Retrieved 2014-11-11.

Coordinates: 41°30′28″N 71°25′28″W / 41.50778°N 71.42444°W / 41.50778; -71.42444