The Varnum Continentals are providing assistance in saving yet another Rhode Island historical treasure. This time, it’s a rare and beautiful, hand-painted, silk 1843 militia flag currently in storage at the North Kingstown Free Library. The flag will be professionally conserved and mounted for display at a site to be determined.
The militia unit depicted on the flag, The Wickford Pioneers who formed just after the Dorr Rebellion, existed for just a few years before they disbanded. They reformed at the start of the U.S. Civil War. What became of them is unknown … for now.
As an organization, the Varnum Continentals are thrilled to help preserve and protect history across the state of Rhode Island and beyond.