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the Rhode Island Historical Society’s annual SummerWalks program begins Friday June 15, 2007 and continues through October 15, 2007.
Two themed walks form the base of the summer program.

Benefit Street: A Mile of History
A 90 minute walking tour
Tuesdays through Saturdays at 11 a.m.
Tickets: $12/person
The tour begins at the John Brown House, 52 Power Street
Questions: Barbara Barnes, 401-273-7507 x62 or
This walk explores the changing fortunes of Providence’s most well known thoroughfare and recounts the role of historic preservation in revitalizing this vital College Hill neighborhood.

RiverWalk: Before the Fires are Lit
A 60 minute walking tour
On evenings of full WaterFire lightings at 5:30 p.m.
Tickets: $10/person
The Tour begins at the John Brown House, 52 Power Street
Questions: Barbara Barnes, 401-273-7507 x62 or
This walk shares the stories of the Providence waterfront and its early development while introducing the phenomenon known as WaterFire.
The RiverWalk is offered in collaboration with WaterFire Providence.
Reservations for all walks are welcome but not necessary unless there is a group of 6 or more.

 Providence (Providence Preservation Society)  

The College Hill Tour demonstrates the years from 1636-1775 beginning at the Roger Williams National Memorial on North Main Street, Providence. Some of the earliest buildings in Providence are along this walk: Old Brick Schoolhouse, Shakespeare's Head, First Baptist Church of America. The architectural details, street layouts show historic preservation in an existing neighborhood. The fabric of European, Native American, and African historic players seeking freedom (religious, etc) can be seen along this area.

The Downtown Tour shows the hub of commercial, civic and transportation systems. From footpaths of the native Americans to the elegance of the growing wealth and grandeur, this walk passes by The Biltmore, Hotel, City Hall, the Arcade and the Fleet Center Galleria after beginning at Waterplace Park.

The Avi Tour is based upon the suspense novel, Something Upstairs by award winning author Avi. It highlights Providence in the 1800s highlighting the buildings in the novel that connect our historical past to modern day. The slave trade was very active in this area in the 1800s.


A collaborative effort, The Pawtucket Path to Health, was developed by the Irish Heart Foundation and is brought to Pawtucket by the RI Prevention Coalition, the American Heart Association and Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island. There is no beginning nor an end to these paths as they are all interconnected. Take a walk passing the tower of City Hall  along Roosevelt Avenue, then turning at Exchange Street to move up High Street onto the Pawtucket Library and the YMCA. Then keep going to walk down Main Street along many possible stops for shopping and browsing before turning at the Registry of Motor Vehicles and moving up to Park Place and onto George Street to pass along the Congregational and Episcopal Churches.  As you cross Rte 95, you will notice St. Mary's School, Hospice Care of RI and the famous Modern Diner.

Other Pawtucket walks include moving towards East Avenue with more places to shop and browse before reaching Shea High School. Then to view lovely homes along Lyman Street to Pleasant Street, saunter, jog or run past Francis Valeur School on Bowles Street and then on to Taft Street. Then take a turn at Spencer returning to Pleasant Street and on to Division Street and the wonderful bridge over the Blackstone River.  Water Street is home to  the Portugese Social Club as it nears School Street. Then paralleling the River, walk by the Boys and Girls Club before a turn on Service Road.

Approaching Prospect Street brings the Hank Soar Athletic Center to site before moving on to the Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island and its Primary Care Center which then takes walkers to Pond and Brewster Streets. This leads us to the Community Counseling Center where a turn leads to the Pawtucket Red Sox McCoy Stadium!  Then, a walk along South Bend Street passes the J Jenckes High School and the Agnes Little School before walking past a series of magnificent homes on Walcott Street, including Quality Hill, St Raphael's Academy and several important churches. Lastly, this brings us back to the corner of Roosevelt Avenue, the site of the Pawtucket Visitors center, across from the historic Slater Mill. Keep walking for your health and explore our past and present!

But that's only the start! The Arboretum at Riverside offers mere scenic beauty or thorough studies of hundreds of shrubs, trees or birds. Or for great architectural sites, join the Preservation Society of Pawtucket's tour of Victorians, Greek Revivals or colonial mill houses. The Pawtucket Public Library's two historic buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places.  The Deborah Cook Sayles Memorial Library 's doorway depicts a Greek Temple on the Acropolis at Athens. Their panels highlight scenes from the early major global civilizations. The Gerald S. Burns Building is also worth a visit. Also accepted on the National Register of Historic Places as the nation's first diner, the Modern  built in the 1930s. Pawtucket's also home to the Silver Top Diner, one of the oldest Kullman diners in New England. Check out more about Pawtucket, too.


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