Smith's Castle North Kingstown
Where are we going today?
We LOVE history, and love reading about it, but what's even better than reading about history? That's right - VISITING history!
Smith's Castle is a hidden historic treasure of Rhode Island, and gives the whole family 400 years of exploring when you visit. Both the castle and the grounds give a up-close look at what plantation life was like in Rhode Island back in the 1600s.
Pretty incredible! We bet it's pretty different to your life now! Kids - as you walk around, just imagine the sounds and smells that would have filled the rooms and the halls. How different is it to what you know now?
You can learn all about the history of Smith's Castle through tours, educational programs, and historic re-enactments.
The guided house tours are provided by docents in period clothing, so you can really immerse yourself in the history.
Don't miss the gardens either! The 19th century garden will surround you with textures, colors and fragrances, just like it would have been in the 18th century! There is also the Dye Garden, which has 12 common garden plants from New England that were used for dyes, and they are the colors of the rainbow!
Smith's Castle also has fun events across the year, including paranormal events (boo!), Harvest Festival, a Strawberry Festival and Heritage Days.
Are you ready to explore the 17th century?
How much does it cost?
- Adults$8 for house tour. Gardens are free.
- Children$4 (Ages 6-12) for house rour
- Free Under: 6 years
When can we go?
Tours 1pm, 2pm and 3pm Thursday - Sun (June - Aug) & Fri - Sun (May, Sept & Oct)
All year round
They offer a number of programs for school groups on history and colonial life, including hands-on crafts! Give them a call to arrange!.
Any Top Tips?
It's worth keeping an eye on the events as they have some pretty amazing ones you will want in the diary.
Need a little extra help?
Speak to staff about the accessibility of the grounds, and call about any questions you have about assistance you might require.
Can I get one of those?
They have a gift shop where you can pick up historic items, as well as gifts and souvenirs! .
The castle is closed for public tours until the first weekend in May, except for Christmas in the Castle. .
What people are saying?
by Victoria Ventura
It is unclear what timetables they have. I only got to walk outside because there was nobody there. It was on Tuesday afternoon so I would have expected to find someone to talk to. Not recomended, then, for an improvised visit like mine.
I do have to say it is well taken care of and it has a very nice little garden with different types of vegetables and herbs.