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Italophile Jun 15th, 2009 05:17 PM

A day in Providence, RI
Hi fellow Fodorers, I intend spending a day in Providence, but can't find any guide books here in Sydney and the internet seems full of advertisements and not enough actual information on attractions. I am a history buff but also interested in parks and gardens, as well as shopping for artisan-type objects that are particular to an area. Welcome all suggestions! Thanks in anticipation.

Centralparkgirl Jun 15th, 2009 05:54 PM

The area of College Hill is historic with many beautiful, restored buildings.

Brown University has several libraries that frequently have exhibits that relate to history.

Italophile Jun 15th, 2009 05:57 PM

Looks great - thanks so much Centralparkgirl!

Centralparkgirl Jun 15th, 2009 06:02 PM

There was a historic walking tour that I once wanted to take. I will see if I can find info.

Also, I'm not sure where to find it, but there is a lot of interesting history about the university's relationship to slavery. Some of the founders benefited financially from the slave industry. The university in recent years did a study on it and it was quite interesting. I'll check on that as well.

lindsyb Jun 15th, 2009 06:12 PM

Not sure if you'll be there overnight or just a day trip but the Waterfire show at nighttime is fantastic if there is a lighting while you are in Providence.

The RI School of Design (RISD) also has an excellent Museum of Art that you might enjoy

Here is the website for the RI Historical Society. They have a couple of museums and also hold some walking tours. I haven't done them myself but I have heard good things.

Hope this helps!

Centralparkgirl Jun 15th, 2009 06:13 PM

There are quite a few links on the site below that talk about the slavery issue and its relationship to Brown University and the research that was done. I remember hearing the professor who headed the committee talk about a meeting in a room at Brown that had a lovely, old grandfather clock that was donated to the school by someone who financed slave trade. The students and professor had such an eerie feeling being in the room with it while researching the history.

Italophile Jun 15th, 2009 06:14 PM

Thanks Centralparkgirl and lindsyb! We can probably stay after dark, as it looks to be very close to Boston, where we are staying.

Centralparkgirl Jun 15th, 2009 06:17 PM

Here it is. You can call and find out about other tours. I would recommend a walking tour of College Hill if they offer it.

If you stay for dinner, Al Forno on S. Main St is great.

Have a great time!

Centralparkgirl Jun 15th, 2009 06:20 PM

Oops. I didn't notice that lindsyb posted the same info.

Providence is about 1 hour south of Boston.

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