The Massasoit Historical Association

&

The  Maxwell  House

of

Warren, Rhode Island

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Due to concern during these extraordinary times all public events and activities are regrettably postponed until further notice.

 

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The Maxwell House

59 Church Street,

(at the corner of Church and Water Streets)

Warren, Rhode Island

 

Home of

The Massasoit Historical Association

(The link contains a detailed history of the Association  and also  our  latest  community  service activities)

 

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https://www.facebook.com/Massasoit.Historical

https://www.historicwarrenri.org/

 

 

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NEWS

 

Maintenance of a historic property is never ending.

 

WORK DAY

August 15, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

The Massasoit Historical Association has recently done work at The Maxwell House including a new sign post,

 

replacement of all nine windows on the Church Street front of the house with new surrounds  and window sash using reproduction glass, undertaken by Scott Mathison,

 

and bulkhead door replacement and painting.

 

What we are most pleased with is the new look of our property at 246 Water Street.

 

 

 

 

Click here for a schedule of events, meetings and programs

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The Maxwell House,

59 Church Street,

is located at

the corner of Church and Water Streets,

in

Warren, Rhode Island.

 

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 The Maxwell House was built between 1752 and 1756. The house, believed to be the oldest brick dwelling in Warren, is distinguished by the distinctive Flemish bond pattern of the brickwork, a field stone foundation, and a large central chimney. The 10 room house with attic and cellar, has 6 fireplaces, 2 beehive bake ovens, an exposed beam kitchen ceiling and a later clapboard biffy.  The Maxwell House is owned by The Massasoit Historical Association and is maintained as a working museum.

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Open for Tours

by chance and appointment  (401-245-0392)

Admission Free

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Located on the waterfront of historic Warren village, The Maxwell House seeks to both educate and entertain its guests. 

 

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In 1975 the Massasoit Historical Association purchased the Maxwell House and began restoration. 

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Several fireplaces and a bake oven were removed before the original kitchen firebox configuration was restored. 

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During the process of restoration a scaleboard, which is now on display in the Higgins Room at The Maxwell House, was uncovered.

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The Association makes extensive use of the kitchen fireplace for its down hearth cooking and foodways program.

 

 

Chicken rotates in front of the fire

The bake oven takes  between 1 1/2 hours and 2 hours to come up to temperature depending on when it was used last.

 

Bread would have been cast directly onto the oven  floor .

 Bread from the second baking comes out with a lighter colored crust than from the first.

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Tables are set to educate guests about 18th century dining customs.

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The Higgins Room was the first room restored. The red mopboard is painted plaster rather than being made of wood.

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The second floor of the house continues to undergo restoration. 

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Our publications:

FIXING UP  A Bilingual Handbook for Older Homes 

Fireplace Cooking at the Maxwell House (out of print)

also available:

Images of America: Warren

 

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The house is opened to school groups to learn what life was like in the past.

 

This first grade visited the Maxwell House after reading Ox Cart Man by Donald Hall.

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The Association hosts

Eighteenth Century Dining Experience

open to the public by reservation.

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HOLIDAY 2013 PICTURES

 

 

(View pictures of other Christmases past)

 

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The Maxwell House, located at the corner of Church and Water Streets, is just a short walk from the East Bay Bike Path and Main Street.

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Pictures from

 Events  and Activities

Historical Games Night, March 2, 2020

Holiday Open House Nov 23, 2012

December 1, 2012

Mad Hatter Tea, March 31, 2012

 

 

 

Historic Images  from the Collections of the Massasoit Historical Association

 

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A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 29, in St. Matthews Church, 5 Chapel Road, Barrington.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to NAMI-RI, 154 Waterman St., Suite 5b, Providence, RI 02906. See www.wilbur-romano.com.

 

- See more at: http://www.eastbayri.com/obituaries/hope-h-wilhelm-89-barrington/#sthash.iffdwkRZ.dpuf

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 29, in St. Matthews Church, 5 Chapel Road, Barrington.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to NAMI-RI, 154 Waterman St., Suite 5b, Providence, RI 02906. See www.wilbur-romano.com.

 

- See more at: http://www.eastbayri.com/obituaries/hope-h-wilhelm-89-barrington/#sthash.iffdwkRZ.dpuf

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 29, in St. Matthews Church, 5 Chapel Road, Barrington.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to NAMI-RI, 154 Waterman St., Suite 5b, Providence, RI 02906. See www.wilbur-romano.com.

 

- See more at: http://www.eastbayri.com/obituaries/hope-h-wilhelm-89-barrington/#!prettyPhoto/0/

 

In Memoriam

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View a map locating The Maxwell House

Schedule of Events at The Maxwell House

Eighteenth Century Dining Experience 

Contact:  Telephone & E-Mail

 

 

Membership Information

 

The Massasoit Historical Association

Post Office Box 203

Warren, Rhode Island, 02885