The Stephen Hopkins House
Tour the original home of Rhode Island's own Founding Father!
This 8-room house, the oldest in the City, built in 1707 & 1742, was home for more than 4 decades to merchant, legislator, judge, 10-time Governor and Signer of the Declaration of Independence, Stephen Hopkins, his family, and their slaves.
A Norman Isham restoration, twice moved but virtually unmodernized, it also served as Hopkins' place of business, and hosted George Washington in 1776 & 1781. The parlor, study, bedchambers (one where Washington slept) keeping room and slaves' room are furnished with period antiques & Hopkins heirlooms.
Below, the parterre garden was designed by Williamsburg landscape architect and Hopkins descendant, Alden Hopkins. In our Gallery "Samplers: Exquisite Needlework & its Meaning in Early Rhode Island” showing the RI Society of Colonial Dames' fine collection of 17th-19th century American schoolgirl samplers. Open all year on Wednesdays 11AM to 2PM, April through November on Saturdays 10AM to 4PM (til 10PM on full lightings of WaterFire, last tour at 9:30PM)
and also by appointment
15 Hopkins Street, at the corner of Benefit & George Streets Web - firstname.lastname@example.org
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Stephen Hopkins House guided tours tell the stories of 18th century revolutionary Rhode Island, of black lives & white, and of Providence’s first historic preservation success story!
Free admission - donation requested