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Roger Williams National Memorial

In northeastern Rhode Island, in Providence

 

The memorial commemorates the life of Roger Williams, the founder of Rhode Island. A champion of religious freedom, Williams was banished from Massachusetts and founded Providence in 1636. This colony served as a refuge where all could come to worship freely. The memorial is on a common lot of the original settlement and includes 4 acres of landscaped park. The memorial was designated on October 22, 1965.

 

WHAT TO SEE & DO

Picnicking, viewing exhibits and video, walking. Facilities: Visitor center (N. Main and Smith Sts.), wayside exhibits. Bookstore. Programs & Events: Junior Ranger program. Tips & Hints: Combine visit with trips to Rhode Island State House, Historic Benefit St., and other sites along Providence Banner Trail. Go in June and Sept. for the best weather, Sept. and Oct. for fall foliage. Busiest May and Oct., least crowded Jan. and Feb.

 

FEES, HOURS & REGULATIONS

Free. Leashed pets only. Memorial and visitor center open daily 9 - 4:30.

 

HOW TO GET THERE

From 1-95 take the downtown Providence exit. Turn left onto Francis St., right at Gaspee St, right onto Smith St, right onto Canal St. Entrance to parking lot is on the left. Closest airport: Warwick (10 mi).

 

CONTACTS

Roger Williams National Memorial (282 N. Main St., Providence, RI 02903, tel. 401/521-7266, fax 401/521-7239,). Rhode Island Economic Development Corp. (1 W. Exchange St., Providence, RI 02903, tel. 800/556-2484, fax 401/273-8270,). Providence and Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau (1 W. Exchange St., 3rd 11., Providence, RI 02903, tel. 800/233-1636).

 

Main information about the Roger Williams National Memorial. Basic information for tourists visiting the Roger Williams National Memorial In northeastern Rhode Island, in Providence

Main information about the Roger Williams National Memorial. Basic information for tourists visiting the Roger Williams National Memorial In northeastern Rhode Island, in Providence