At the Varnum Memorial Armory Museum, we have a beautiful large-caliber sporting rifle. This rifle was made circa 1800 and used to bring down North America’s largest game. “Henry Perkins Hartland VT” is inscribed into the gun. Though it’s not a military-grade gun, it has been in our collection since 1932.
Here’s a close-up look at the lock from an 1833-dated Model 1816 flintlock in .69 caliber.
At the Varnum Memorial Armory Museum, we have artist Frank Quagan’s rendition of “Varnum’s Black Regiment”, the integrated 1st Rhode Island Regiment formed during the American Revolutionary War.
This European halberd at the Varnum Memorial Armory Museum dates from the 15th or 16th century. A halberd is a type of polearm used in combat to repel mounted cavalry charges and signal or direct troops.
This is a Model 1816 Springfield musket converted from flint to percussion. It was a common firearm in the first half of the American Civil War. The stock inspector cartouche is still visible.
Here we have a 1797 dated arrest warrant for East Greenwich resident, Thomas Howland, for not paying his fine and late fee ($2.22 total) for skipping out on parade duty as a member of the Kentish Guards!
The Rhode Island State Society Children of the American Revolution and the Varnum Memorial Armory Museum partnered to research and transcribe a letter from General George Washington to General James Mitchell Varnum in October of 1777.
On December 7, 2019, the Varnum House Museum hosted its Annual Colonial Yuletide Celebration featuring festive holiday decorations, music, and guided tours by docents in period costume. Our many visitors toured the museum and took in many new exhibits and revamped rooms in this 1773 mansion museum. Built in 1773 by General James Mitchell Varnum, […]
Christian McBurney returns to the Varnum Memorial Armory Museum to speak about his newly-released book, “Untold Stories from World War II Rhode Island”. This is a sequel to the 2017 book (“World War II Rhode Island”) that he co-authored with the Varnum Continental’s own Brian Wallin. The new publication shares long-forgotten stories, from amazing secret […]
The Varnum Continentals will host its Annual Colonial Yuletide Celebration in the Varnum House Museum, 57 Pierce St., East Greenwich, RI, 02818. The museum will feature festive holiday decorations, live music, and host guided tours by docents in period costume. Built in 1773 by General James Mitchell Varnum, the museum contains a wide variety of […]