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Lincoln, R.I. is a historic community, with a population of almost 21,000, that was established in 1650 but not incorporated until 1871. The form of government is an Elected Town Administrator ( Sue Shephard) and five member Town Council with Home Rule Charter. Official Website

Meetings held:
The third Tuesday of each month at 7:30 pm. Financial Town Meeting held the second Monday in May.

Lincoln has seven villages: Albion, Fairlawn, Lime Rock, Lonsdale, Louisquisset, Manville, Saylesville. The state's homepage describes the tax rate and other relevant information.

“300 Years of History in Three Miles”

“Three Centuries in Three Miles”

An ideal weekend drive to interpret the transformation of the Blackstone River Valley from farming to early factories prior to the American Industrial Revolution can be found along one scenic roadway in Lincoln, RI

The Great Road (Route. 123), which extends between the villages of Saylesville and Limerock, follows the course of the Moshassuck River, presents a series of structures ranging from the 17th to the 19th Centuries that is little interrupted by modern intrusions.

Some of the most notable structures along the way can be found if traveling northerly on Great Road from Route 126 and continuing along a portion of Route 123 and continuing right at its fork with Breakneck Hill Road.

Quaker Meeting House (1704) 374 Great Road
Built in 1704, it served as the first house of worship here in Lincoln. Outside of the Quaker Meeting House, on historical Great Road, there is still the old mounting stone used to help people to get into their carriages. Weekly services are still held to this day.

Eleazer Arnold House 487 Great Road
One of the oldest houses in Rhode Island, the Eleazer Arnold house is a 17th century "stone-ender." General LeComte de Rochambeau leader of the French expeditionary forces, who fought at Yorktown, once stayed there.

Moffett Mill (1812)
The newly renovated Moffett Mill was a two-story building is believed to be the first machine shop constructed in Rhode Island. Wagons, wheels, and shoelaces are just some of the products that were produced here. Resting along the Moshassuck River, on historic Great Road, this old mill now serves as a tourist attraction.

Chase Farm (1860)
Thomas Arnold originally purchased the land at Chase Farm in 1661. In the late 1800's, the Chase Family started a dairy farm on the land, and delivered milk door to door until 1965. This was one of the last working farms in Lincoln, purchased by the Town and preserved for its historical value and open space. The Butterfly Gardens, which are maintained by volunteers, serves as a focal point to this scenic landscape.

Hanaway Blacksmith Shop (1850) 669 Great Road
Small shops like the Hanaway Blacksmith Shop were once commonplace here in Lincoln, RI. Built in 1850 by William Hanaway, this one-story building was donated to the town, moved across the street to Chase farm, and restored.

Hearthside House (1810) 677 Great Road
Stephen Hopkins Smith built this gorgeous two-story home in 1810. Legend has it that he built the house to impress a young lady with winnings from a Louisiana State Lottery. The young lady commented that she did not know why anyone would want to live in the wilderness. As a result of her rejection, he never married. The town now owns the site, and Hearthside has become the backdrop to many public and private social events.

Known as one of the finest examples of early 19th century federal-style houses in the state, it is on the National Register of Historic Places. The unique 2 ˝ story house is built of fieldstone, which was rare in dwellings at that time. The home’s design includes a gable roof with impressive ogee curves above circular attic windows. There are 10 fireplaces in the 10-room home. Hearthside has become known as "The House That Love Built" because of the romantic history behind the building of this beautiful house that was constructed by lottery winnings.


For more about the house tours and future events, contact Hearthside at 401-334-2209, or visit the website at www.hearthsidehouse.org


Valentine Whitman Jr. House (1694) 1147 Great Road
Located at 1147 Great Road, Lincoln, RI, this 1694 built home is one of a few surviving "stone-end" houses built in the 17th century. Mr. Valentine Whitman was a friend of Roger Williams, founder of Rhode Island. The first town meeting of old Smithfield, which included the present day Town of Lincoln, was held in this house in 1730.
The Whitman House will also be open for other public viewings this year. For more details contact 401-334-2182 or get more information on the web at http://www.lincolnri.org/historic/

For more information on the Town of Lincoln call 401-333-1100 or go to the website www.lincolnri.org/

Also, the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council has a FREE Blackstone Valley DeTours map of a Great Road Driving Tour that can be picked at any of the Blackstone River Valley visitor centers or downloaded FREE at http://www.tourblackstone.com/detour5.htm

More information on the Great Road area can be obtained by calling Lincoln Town Hall at 401-333-1100 or on the web at www.lincolnri.org

Lincoln – 300 years in 3 miles “The Heart and Song of the Blackstone River” - Ordinary People, Everyday Lives

Lime Rock and Other Lincoln Treasures

669 Great Road, Lincoln, RI 02865 401-726-0597
Contact: John Scanlon Email address: john.scanlon@hearthsidehouse.org
Website: http://www.hearthsidehouse.org

Experience the ring of the anvil and the odor of coal and hot steel as blacksmiths forge pieces of the metal into hinges, nails, and other household items. Blacksmithing displays and demonstrations.

1149 Great Road, Lincoln, RI, 02865  401-334-2182
Contact: Pat Choiniere Email address: coachrick@cox.net
Website: www.townoflincolnri.org

This 17th Century Stone Ender, is the second oldest house in Lincoln and the site of the first Town Meeting in Smithfield. Life on and around the Line Quarry. Development of Limerock Lincoln in 1690’s. 

The Moffat Mill is a small clapboard building set on a stone foundation along its dam and pond that was built in 1812 as a machine shop that later made braid trim and shoelaces.                                                                                                   

677 Great Road, Lincoln, RI 02865 401-726-0597
Contact: Kathy Hartley Email address: kathy.hartley@hearthsidehouse.org
Website: http://www.hearthsidehouse.org

A 19th century mansion with a storied past.

374 Great Road, Lincoln, RI 02865 401-724-7249
Contact: Bruce Downing / Rosanne Cedroni Email address: bdowning@cox.net saylesvillefriends@yahoo.com

Built in 1704, this is the oldest meetinghouse in New England in continuous use.

487 Great Road, Lincoln, RI 02865  401-728-9696
Contact: George Christie Email address: gchristie@historicnewengland.org
Website: www.historicnewengland.org 

 A historic New England study property rarely opened to the public. Built by Eleazor Arnold in 1693, the Arnold House is a rare surviving example of a "stone-ender," a once common building type first developed in the western part of England.

The former Butterfly Mill, now an attractive private home, was built by Stephen Smith in 1811 as a textile printing mill. Its name came from the appearance of a butterfly pattern set in the stone.

North Gate Toll House 246 Lincoln, Lincoln, RI 02865, 401-725-2847, Historic building built in 1807. Served as a Toll-house for the Louisquisset Turnpike.

The Paul Ronci Memorial Park on Front Street is a 34 acre park bordering a four mile stretch of the 1828 Blackstone Canal.

Bikeway at the Blackstone River State Park - Lower River Road, Lincoln, RI 02865 401-333-0295
Contact: Al Klyberg Email address: khmuseum@earthlink.net
Website: www.riparks.com

Experience the site where all of the transportation stories of the Blackstone River Valley come together. It is one of the few remaining canal buildings in the Valley. Discover exhibits on the construction and operation of the canal. Operated by RI DEM.

Lincoln also has recently published a bike and trail map that indicates some of the recreational opportunities that are ongoing. They include: The Kelly HouseLime Rock and state park Lincoln Woods which all play a large role in Lincoln.

The Northern R. I. Chamber of Commerce is located in Lincoln and the John H.. Chafee National Corridor website has a page of interest on Lincoln's resources. Below: Old photo of Lincoln Park racing.


Sayles Mill, once had 3000 workers

Scotts Pond where 3 locks had to be installed due to the descent into the Blackstone canal


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