On the night of July 9, 1777, Barton’s Raiders captured the British Commander-in-Chief, General Prescott, in Middletown, RI. At the Varnum Memorial Armory Museum, we have a sword that is purported to be the one taken from Prescott on that night. View the images for more details!
This past December 17th, we marked the 238th birthday of General James Mitchell Varnum. This year, the Varnum Continentals observe the 110th anniversary of our founding: all in all, a pretty rich history. So, for the benefit of our new members and as a refresher for all Varnum members, let’s take a look at one […]
Here’s another great exhibit at the Varnum Memorial Armory Museum: a large 1839 lithograph of General George Washington (the frame looks very old as well). You’ll be able to see it in our main display room. Here’s the description: Originally painted by Parisian artist Leon Cogniet, engraved by Jean Nicolas Laugier, and sold by James […]
The presence of women on the battlefield caring for the wounded goes back centuries. Women today serve in front-line duties, but that wasn’t an accepted practice in the past. Many stories exist about women who donned uniforms and fought beside men on the battlefield. Countless other women provided nursing care and support services behind the […]
Check out Patrick Donovan, curator at the Varnum Memorial Armory Museum on WPRI’s The Rhode Show! The Rhode Show’s Will Gilbert spent time with Curator Patrick Donovan to feature some amazing Revolutionary War and Civil War artifacts that have recently been discovered inside the Varnum Memorial Armory Museum. Check out the video! Many thanks to […]
This is the original charter of the Rhode Island United Train of Artillery (UTA) written April 22nd, 1775, just 3 days after “the shot heard round the world” at Concord, MA, that began the U.S. fight for independence. After raising 80% of the funds through a grant, the document has gone through an extensive conservation […]
The Varnum House Museum was happy to host Roger Williams University volunteers as part of their Community Connections program. We had about ten students on the grounds helping us clean up the house grounds. They filled dozens of organic refuse bags and cleaned up the brush around the outer edge of the grounds. This program […]
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 […]