2005-09-01 / Upcoming Events

Storyteller to share history of Watson Farm

Historic New England’s Watson Farm in Jamestown will host a storytelling program on Sunday, Sept. 11, at 3 p.m.

“The Watson Farm Story” is a one hour narrative, with music, created by writer and storyteller Marc Levitt. The piece will take listeners on a historical journey through the history of the Watson Farm, one of the few remaining working farms on Conanicut Island.

Utilizing music played by Phil Edmunds and Cathy Casper-Torch and singing by Jamestown chorus directed by BJ Whitehouse takes listeners from pre-glacial times up to the present, where the Watson Farm, under the ownership of Historic New England and the stewardship of Don and Heather Minto, stands out in its efforts to promote the maintenance and preservation of local agriculture.

“The Watson Farm Story” is the story of the Narragansett Tribe, who used the land as a summer encampment, of English-born farmers who used the land for grazing cattle and sheep, of Quakers who were slave owners, of the British who burned down the island’s houses, of the pressure for summer-home development at the turn of the 19th century, and of the heroic protection efforts of the Watson Family.

The show is good for ages nine through adult. This is a free program. For more information, call 423-0005.

The Watson Farm is open to the public for self-guided tours through Oct. 15, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.. School programs and guided tours for church groups, garden clubs, historical societies, and similar groups are available by appointment.

Historic New England is the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive regional preservation organization in the country. Historic New England offers a unique opportunity to experience the lives and stories of New Englanders through their homes and possessions. Learn more at www.HistoricNewEngland.org

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