The Varnum House Museum docents held their first annual outing on the grounds of Varnum House Museum. This provided the docents with an opportunity to view the exterior painting of the 1773 house museum, which is currently in progress.
We’ve made a lot of improvements to the Varnum Memorial Armory Museum’s front entrance. Varnum Member Andrew Barkley has rebuilt our original circa-1920s sign board and repainted the green door trim. It looks great. Thanks so much, Andrew!
Another great exhibit at the Varnum Memorial Armory Museum… The American Brass Band of Rhode Island was formed as a state-chartered military band in 1837 with Joseph C. Greene as its leader. The drum was donated to the band by the First Light Infantry of Rhode Island in 1845. In 1853, the band was incorporated […]
Another wonderful addition to the Varnum Memorial Armory Museum: a canteen carried by a Daniel Sullivan of the 2nd Rhode Island Volunteers from 1862 to 1864 during the American Civil War. Dan Sullivan of Providence (and later Pawtucket), Rhode Island, enlisted on August 21,1862 at North Providence as a Private in the 2nd Rhode Island […]
A new tintype photograph is now on display at the Varnum Memorial Armory Museum. It is an image of 2nd Lt. John K. Knowles of Co. A in the 4th Rhode Island Volunteers. He enlisted on 14 August 1861 serving at New Bern, (possibly) Antietam, and Fredricksburg. He was killed in action at the Battle […]
The Varnum House Museum will be closed for tours for the next several weekends while the historic 1773 mansion undergoes some much-needed renovations. In 2016, the Varnum House Museum won a generous $69,585 Champlin Foundation grant towards exterior painting, ceiling replacement and repair, window restoration, and chimney repair. Great progress on several of these projects […]
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 […]
This past Wednesday, the Varnum House Museum hosted an educational program by the URI Master Gardeners on 18th-century colonial gardens and their practical uses (both then and now). This program, “Colonial Gardens: Dye, Medicinal, & Household Plants & Their Use”. The event also featured tours of the Varnum House Museum. In a partnership with the […]
An iconic weapon from World War II is now on display at the Varnum Memorial Armory Museum: the M3A1 “grease gun”. Costing only $20 to produce, the M3A1 was created to replace the much more expensive and reportedly less reliable Thompson submachine gun. Looking a little too much like an auto mechanic’s tool, many soldiers […]
A key aspect of the Varnum Continental’s mission is to preserve Rhode Island military history. To that end we are working with the Benefit Street Arsenal to professionally conserve and mount a priceless Rhode Island Civil War treasure: a Confederate artillery battery guidon flag captured by the 4th Rhode Island Volunteers after making a desperate […]