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?
$8 for house tour. Gardens are free.
$4 (Ages 6-12) for house rour
The castle is closed for public tours until the first weekend in May, except for Christmas in the Castle.
It's worth keeping an eye on the events as they have some pretty amazing ones you will want in the diary
Healthy Eating Why not take a picnic and enjoy it on the lawn! A beautiful way to break up the day.
They offer a number of programs for school groups on history and colonial life, including hands-on crafts! Give them a call to arrange!
They have a gift shop where you can pick up historic items, as well as gifts and souvenirs!
Speak to staff about the accessibility of the grounds, and call about any questions you have about assistance you might require
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Tours 1pm, 2pm and 3pm Thursday - Sun (June - Aug) & Fri - Sun (May, Sept & Oct)
All year round
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