This month, as we approach the 110th anniversary year of the founding of the Varnum Continentals, trustee Brian Wallin takes us back in time to meet one of the founders of our organization and its longtime commander, H.V. Allen. Howard Vernon Allen was descended from one of Rhode Island’s founding families, and Brian will share […]
At last our new flagpoles are going up at the Varnum Memorial Armory Museum! Thanks to David VanderPyl, Mark Trimmer, and Andrew Barkley, along with Brian Wallin, Patrick Donovan, and Tim Jackson.
In direct relation to our 1st Rhode Island Cavalry Company L guidon flag, the Varnum Memorial Armory also has on exhibit the uniform belonging to North Kingstown’s Lyman Aylesworth, one the few cavalrymen to escape the Battle of Middleburg on June 18, 1863. Click here to book a tour!
June 18, 2016 was the 153rd anniversary of the First Rhode Island Cavalry‘s demise at the Battle of Middleburg during the U.S. Civil War. Nearly surrounded by overwhelming numbers from Jeb Stuart‘s Confederate cavalry, Col. Duffie ordered every man to try to get away. Out of roughly 280 soldiers, only 27 made it out. In […]
The Varnum House Museum had a great opening day today! We had several docents on hand to give tours to the public. If you’d like to take a tour, then email email@example.com or call 401-884-1776. Please see below for our summer tour hours.
On Monday, June 13, we had our annual Varnum Continentals Community Barbecue at the Varnum House Museum. What a great time! We had about 100 guests on the grounds for the celebration and taking tours of the newly-refreshed 1773 house museum (originally built by General James Mitchell Varnum). New Varnum House Docent Program Launched It […]
The June Varnum members’ meeting will be held on the grounds of the Varnum House Museum on Monday, June 13, 2016. It’s a chance to kick back, enjoy the gardens, and tour the historic 1773 Varnum House. Burgers, hot dogs, BBQ grilled chicken and all the staples of a summer cook-out will be served, plus […]
The Varnum House Museum was thrilled to launch its new docent program by giving tours to over 100 elementary school students in East Greenwich, RI. It was all hands on deck on June 2 when the new docents showed off our newly-renovated Varnum House Museum to the kids. As usual, the children showed great interest […]
We took the Civil War-era 1st Rhode Island Cavalry guidon flag to Crestar Picture Framing today for a professional display. In these images, Tony Scelsa takes precise measurements for the new frame. We plan to mount a plexiglass sheet with museum-quality ultra-violet protection over the flag’s existing archival-safe matting and frame. The treated plexiglass will […]
The 1st Rhode Island Cavalry Regiment (Company L) guidon flag is now on loan to the Varnum Memorial Armory Museum! This stunning piece of American Civil War history is on display at the armory through a generous loan from the Rhode Island National Guard (RING). Book a tour at the armory to view this exciting […]