The St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Newport kicked off the start of the 2016 season for the Varnum Continentals Marching Militia. The streets were packed, the crowds lively, and the participating Historic RI Military Commands were out in force and looking sharp. Afterwards, the Newport Artillery Company Armory was open for refreshments and a look […]
The sinking of the steamship RMS Titanic has mesmerized and fascinated people for generations. What is it about this tragedy that has caught our collective imagination and interest from among the thousands of other tragedies that happened throughout history? Everyone knows the basics of the story of the Titanic, but how many know the many […]
We had a great time at the Baltimore Antique Arms Show! Our collection now has a fantastic artillery sponge/rammer and worm for the Varnum Memorial Armory Museum‘s Civil War James gun. This set has its original paint and appears to have been actually used in the field to load and swab the bore of a […]
The Varnum House Museum is gearing up for its 2016 season, and we are currently seeking volunteers to act as docents (tour guides). Training will be provided. Built in 1773, the House is the former manor home of General James Mitchell Varnum. Please contact Barbara Weaver at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 401-377-0047.
Who doesn’t love a good mystery? Especially one that involves espionage, secret symbols, code words, significant ties to early Colonial history … and is located right in our back yard. At the March Varnum Continentals Member Dinner meeting, we’ll get an insider’s look at the mysterious Newport Tower, the 28-foot high remains of a round […]
So, one of our members was doing some deep Google-fu and found this fun and interesting news clip about the opening of the Varmum Memorial Armory Museum. It comes from the January 2, 1915 edition of “The Evening News” out of Providence, RI. It was front-page news back in the day! Click the image in […]
We got some great shots of the Varnum House Museum grounds and neighborhood in the aftermath of the snowstorm on February 5, 2016. If you want to support the Varnum House Museum, make a donation by clicking here!
EVENT UPDATE: Due to the possibility of a winter storm, the Varnum Members Meeting scheduled for February 8 has been postponed one week. The new meeting date is MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15. PLEASE RSVP AGAIN: If you have already RSVP’d and plan to attend the February 15 meeting, please RSVP again by FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, to […]
When I was growing up in Connecticut, my father was a state government executive based in Hartford and I can recall often passing by the Colt Firearms Company with its signature dome located just outside the city. As a youngster, I had the chance to tour the factory and remember seeing some of the famed […]
Departing from our usual article of historic interest, this month we spoke with Armory Vice President & Museum Curator Patrick Donovan about some of the exciting developments going on both in the Varnum Memorial Armory Museum building and our collection. Q. Tell us a little about yourself. What brought you to Rhode Island? How did […]