Architecture & History
Blithewold Mansion and Gardens is an important part of Bristol and the community works hard to preserve the site and its rich history. Volunteers are needed to assist in a variety of areas, including public relations, marketing and data entry. Volunteers are also needed to work as ticket and sales shop clerks and to aid with group tours and clerical duties. Volunteers with writing and computer skills are preferred.
Bristol Historical and Preservation Society
48 Court Street, Bristol, RI 02809
Originally built as county jail (1828) using stone ballast from Bristol sailing ships with a two-tier jail addition, built in 1859, this building includes a library for historical and genealogical research, open by appointment. Group walking tours are also available by appointment. Museum collections span from Revoultionary War to present.
Coggeshall Farm Museum is a working 18th century seashore farm in Colt State Park set on 35 acres. It contains rare breeds of livestock that are similar to those found on the farm in 1790. Volunteers are needed to assist in the areas of animal care, general carpentry, object conservation, grounds work and paint analysis.
Fort Adams Trust
Historic Fort Adams is operated by the Fort Adams Trust a 501(c)(3) Non-profit with a mission to protect and promote the historic places and public spaces at the gateway to Narragansett Bay and Newport. This includes directing and supporting the stabilization, maintenance and operation of Fort Adams as a public historic site.
Linden Place is a federal mansion that has become a regional cultural and educational center. Volunteers are needed to serve as a gift shop clerk; assist with cataloguing books and papers; act as museum docent; assist with maintenance and gardening projects; and/or assist with public relations duties.
The Maxwell House
59 Church St., Warren, RI 02885
The Maxwell House is a working museum of 18th century life, owned and operated by the Massasoit Historical Association in the oldest brick dwelling in Warren. The museum offers several publications, including 18th century recipe books. Biannually they coordinate a period dinner with an authentic menu cooked in the kitchen fireplace. Volunteer opportunities include tending the 18th century herb garden, grounds keeping and painting, oral history projects, special events, cooking and serving colonial dinners, and facilitating elementary education programs. This is an excellent opportunity for sociology, history or historic preservation majors.
Mount Hope Farm
500 Hope Street, PO Box 66, Bristol, RI 02809
Shuttle Service/Work Study Opportunity
Mount Hope Farm is a historic estate conveniently located near the campus. The property boasts several old buildings and a small working farm, as well as beach access. Volunteers are needed to help preserve the historical integrity of the buildings, assist with grounds-keeping, work special events and provide general office support.
The Providence Preservation Society works to maintain the architectural and historical integrity of Providence by engaging neighborhoods, commercial areas and the local, state and federal governments in its efforts to preserve physical links to Providence's rich past while working with environmental and policy groups to improve the community. PPS volunteers serve as tour guides for elementary education programs and festival tours and can be involved in oral history projects as well as outreach and advocacy efforts with low-income populations and civic policy makers.