Thomas Fenner House
Thomas Fenner House
|Location||Cranston, Rhode Island|
|Architectural style||Colonial, Georgian, Other|
|NRHP reference #||90000143 |
|Added to NRHP||March 2, 1990|
The Thomas Fenner House or the "Sam Joy Place" is an historic stone-ender house on 43 Stony Acre Drive in Cranston, Rhode Island. It is one of the oldest surviving houses in Rhode Island. The house was built as a farmhouse around 1677 after King Philip's War by Captain Arthur Fenner for his son Major Thomas Fenner. The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1990. It is privately owned and is not open to the public.
Captain Arthur Fenner's first home was burnt to the ground in King Philip's War where he was appointed Captain of the militia and was "one who staid and went not away" in the defense of Providence. Arthur's original homestead was built in 1662. After the war, he rebuilt his home in 1677 and he also built, for his son, the Major Thomas Fenner house. The "Fenner Castle" stood until 1895 when the chimney was demolished Arthur's grandson was Governor Arthur Fenner who donated a piece of wood from Captain Arthur's "Fenner Castle" for what is now the RI Mace. He did so to honor his grandfather, Captain Arthur Fenner who so bravely defended Providence from the Indians.
- National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- The Rhode Island Historical Magazine, Sketch of Capt. Arthur Fenner of Providence, A paper read before the RI Historical Society, March 23 and April 6, 1886 by Rev.J.P. Root. - (Source http://www.gaspee.com/Mace.htm)
- Cranston Historical Society information about the house
- An audio slideshow about the Fenner house
- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) No. RI-72, "Thomas Fenner House, 1538 Plainfield Street, Thornton, Providence County, RI", 16 photos, supplemental material
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