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Gilbert Stuart Birthplace and Museum

Gilbert Stuarts Birthplace

Gilbert Stuart Birthplace and Museum Review

Built in 1751, the childhood home of America's foremost portrait artist is set on 23 acres in the woods on a pristine millpond and stream with Colonial herb gardens, nature trails, and a fish ladder. Gilbert Stuart was born in 1755 in the gambrel-roofed house above his father's snuff mill. There is also a fully restored gristmill with the original granite millstones used to grind local whitecap flint corn into cornmeal. Stuart would paint more than 1,000 portraits, including presidents George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, and John Quincy Adams. You might see visiting artists painting and photographing the picturesque grounds. Guided tours are given on the hour. The grounds are open throughout April for the annual herring run, a spring tradition.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 815 Gilbert Stuart Rd., Saunderstown, RI, 02874 | Map It
  • Phone: 401/294–3001
  • Cost: $7
  • Hours: May–Oct., Mon., Tues., Fri., and Sat. 11–4, Sun. noon–4
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  • Location: Wickford
Updated: 12-23-2013

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