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Smith's Castle

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Built in 1678 by Richard Smith Jr., this beautifully preserved saltbox plantation house replaced an earlier fortified house built by Smith's father. The former house had been burned during hostilities in King Philip's War. Originally the site of a trading post established by Roger Williams, it also includes a marked mass grave where 40 colonists killed in the Great Swamp battle of 1676 are buried. The land was part of a great plantation during the 18th century, spanning more than 3,000 acres worked by slaves and indentured laborers, and was later a large dairy farm. Saved from the wrecking ball by preservationists in 1949, the castle today appears much like it was in 1740. Smith's Castle hosts an annual Strawberry Festival each June and other special events.

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  • Address: 55 Richard Smith Dr., 1 mile north of Wickford, Wickford, RI, 02852 | Map It
  • Phone: 401/294–3521
  • Cost: $6
  • Hours: May and Sept.–mid-Oct., noon–4; Fri.–Sun., noon–4; June–Aug. Thurs.–Sun., noon–4; tours given on the hour.
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  • Location: Wickford
Updated: 12-23-2013

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