Today I thought I’d share some photos I took of 2 historical monuments in Hopkinton, RI. This first one is located in front of the Town Clerks office. At the top it says ” THIS MEMORIAL IS DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF THE FREEMAN AND THEIR FAMILIES WHO FOUNDED THE TOWN OF HOPKINTON R.I. IN 1757″ It then goes on to list their names. At the bottom it says “Erected by the 225th Anniversary Committee March 14, 1952”
It lists pretty much all of the major last names in the town: Allen, Babcock, Barger, Brand, Burdick, Butler, Button, Clark, Collins, Cottrell, Crandall, Davis, Foster, Hall, Hasfall, Hill, Kenyon, Lanphere, Larkin, Lawton, Lewis, Maxson, McCoon, Perry, Pooler, Porter, Potter, Randall, Reynolds, Robinson, Thurston, Weaver, WELLS, Whillbor, Witter and White. The Wells mentioned are: Edward Wells, Edward Wells Jun., Jonathan Wells, Thomas Wells and Thomas Wells Jun.
Here are some pictures of that monument:
This next monument is located off of Route 3 just north of the bridge that separates Westerly from Hopkinton. at the junction of the road that leads up to First Hopkinton Cemetery. If you’re heading North on 3, go over the bridge and the Monument will be on your left. However, this is a HIGH TRAFFIC area with no place to stand on the side of the road to really get a good look at it. If after you go over the bridge you pull off down the road to the cemetery, there is a small mock up of the monument on that side of the road that you can see in safety. This monument was erected by the Seventh Day Baptist Church of Hopkinton in 1936 as part of the commemoration of the 300th anniversary of the founding of Rhode Island Colony.
The text reads, “1636-1936 Here for more than a century was the religious, business and civic center of Westerly. Nearby in private homes the people met in town meetings, here crossed paths from what is now Hopkinton, Richmond and Westerly. Here was a ford across the river and here were the first mill dam and grist mill. On the hill to the northeast stood the first meeting house in southern Rhode Island built by Seventh Day Baptists in 1680. The members of this church suffered imprisonment in defense of the colony’s domain, met the onslaughts of hostile natives, were formost among those who established and developed the colony of the principles of freedom, furnished a governor, Samuel Ward, who was a leader in the struggle for independence and joined in founding Brown University. In the river pool near by more than 3000 were baptized. The first road was laid out in 1702. It ran to the South Kingston town line and to the town landing at Pawcatuck Rock. In 1736 the people petitioned the General Assembly to divide the town, complaining that some of us are obliged to go 10 miles to a town meeting and great and difficult rivers to go over. Charlestown was set off from Westerly in 1738, Richmond from Charlestown in 1747, and Hopkinton from Westerly in 1757. Erected by the Seventh Day Baptist churches of Hopkinton and Westerly.”
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