Book on Rhode Island Clam Shacks added

The Peace Dale Library has added two copies (one circulating, one in-library use only) of Rhode Island Clam Shacks by Christopher Scott Martin and David Norton Stone. This new title in Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series contains numerous photos of venues around the state, including Aunt Carrie’s and George’s of Galilee,  that either used to, or still do, dish up this Rhode Island summer favorite!

And, the authors will be at Peace Dale Library on Monday, July 17, at 6 PM! They will present a slideshow based on the book, and there will be an opportunity to purchase autographed copies.  Join us!


Joseph P. Hazard’s Newfoundland Dog

Transcribing the 380+ handwritten pages of the diary of Joseph P. Hazard (1807-1892), most of which are expense ledgers, is not complete, but among the 20 or so pages of plain narrative we now have done, we found  on page 379 this poignant memory. The event he describes appears to have taken place near the rocks at Hazard Avenue in Narragansett.

“My short-haired Black [?] (and a little mottled) Newfoundland Dog, was the best water dog I ever saw, or heard of. He leaped into the Sea, however cold the weather, and on one occasion, he followed a swimming wounded bird so far out at Sea, that I could not see him, and was gone so long thereafter, I took for granted he had been drowned–there being quite a Sea on the rocky shore. After a while, I caught sight of him. He was about a quarter of a mile from the shore but coming toward the “Indian Rock” that was nearly  half a mile to North of me. I took for granted he was too weak to effect a landing without my aid. I therefore ran toward him but before I got up to his point of Landing, he landed and ran toward me as rapidly as if he had not left the shore. He was the most gentle and good natured dog I ever knew. I lamented his loss, and today in my 83rd year, I never think of him without feeling a warm interest in him and…company in the Future World.”







The Peace Dale Fountain

On November 10, 1890, a 3-tier stone fountain was installed in Peace Dale and hooked up to the community’s water system. Consisting of three large stone basins, it was designed to provide watering for horses, oxen, and dogs. It also featured a faucet for villagers to obtain water. The Narragansett  Times of November 28, 1890, reported that it took 4 teams of oxen to get the largest stone in place. It was located in front of what is now the Peace Dale Library and the Peace Dale Office Building.

Peace Dale Fountain

The fountain stayed in that location for about 60 years. The January 13, 1950 issue of the Narragansett Times reported that the removal of a large elm tree next to it would have caused it to become a traffic hazard, so the fountain was moved to its present location a few hundred feet away, on the western corner of the Peace Dale Library property. Now dry, the fountain remains a community landmark.


New Addition to RI History Collection

Peace Dale Library has acquired a copy of Brethren by Nature: New England Indians, Colonists, and the Origins of American Slavery by Margaret Ellen Newell, published by Cornell University Press, 2015. The book deals with Indian slavery in southern New England, its role in the Pequot War and King Philip’s War, and the far-reaching destiny of numerous Indian slaves. The period covered is from about 1640 through 1750.
brethren by nature

“Scalloping on the Mister G” Film Debut at Peace Dale Library

Photographer Markham Starr‘s new movie about one of the last independent scallop boats operating out of Point Judith will have its first public showing at Peace Dale Library on Saturday, May 21, 2016, at 2 PM.

The film takes viewers aboard the Mister G on a day trip with Captain Mike Marchetti and crew Frank Nelson and Greg Verdon.

Starr’s work focuses on vanishing ways of working life in Rhode Island and New England. He is the author of, among many others, two books in Peace Dale Library’s collection, In History’s Wake: The Last Trap Fishermen of Rhode Island and Against the Tide: The Commercial Fishermen of Point Judith. His photographs are in the permanent collections of Mystic Seaport and the Library of Congress.

The event is free and open to the public.

Museum Pass to R. I. Historical Society

The Friends of the Peace Dale Library have purchased a Rhode Island Historical Society Museum Pass which provides free admission for up to 4 people to the John Brown House, the Museum of Work and Culture, and the RI Historical Society Research Library.

Rhode Island Historical Society

Pick up a pass at the Peace Dale Library Reference Desk and enjoy your visit to these great places that all Rhode Islanders should see!