Saturday, May 21, 2011

Wickford, Rhode Island

Wickford, Rhode Island is a small village in North Kingston, RI on the west side of Narragansett Bay very near Newport.  The village is built around one of the most well-protected harbors on the eastern seaboard.  It features one of the largest collections of 18th century dwellings to be found anywhere in the northeast.  Today, most of the homes and buildings remain largely intact upon their original foundations and in private ownership.  John Updike used Wickford as his model for Eastwick in writing The Witches of Eastwick.  I think I just might reread that book now that I've strolled those streets!  It is also home to the Wickford Art Festival held every July.  On my first trip to New England, I had the opportunity to visit that festival and it was quite impressive.  


This visit was on Mother's Day--a sunny and pleasant day for strolling the streets, peeking into private gardens and listening to church bells.

 

A steeple rising to the blue heavens.


I couldn't quite figure out if this was a church but I feel it might have been at one time.


Just before noon at St. Paul's Episcopal.


A sweet little chapel beside St. Paul's.  It set me to thinking about Father Tim, Lord's Chapel and "Mitford".


Beautiful First Baptist Church.

We met many dog walkers, Sunday strollers, folks having breakfast in outdoor cafes and shop owners just opening their doors.  The greatest joy was being with Stefan and Elyssa.  It was a lovely beginning to Mother's Day!

19 comments:

  1. Great pics Bonnie, looks like a beautiful place to visit:@)

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  2. I've never been to RI, but these pictures make me want to go!

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  3. I think Father Tim would feel right at home at that church! Hope you're feeling MUCH better!
    Best,
    Susan

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  4. What a gorgeous place, Bonnie... Love that Episcopal Church --with its red door.. SO NEAT!!!!

    Have a great weekend.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  5. Lovely photos, Bonnie and nice to see the early signs of spring again. I don't think I've been as far north as RI. Love all the history up north.

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  6. I love pictures of charming church buildings. Seems like a peaceful place to visit.

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  7. What a charming town! It looks like a wonderful place to visit. Carla

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  8. It looks like a wonderful spot for the camera savvy. Your photos are wonderful and I'm delighted you had such a nice visit with your family. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  9. Great photos; really enjoyed this journey; just beautiful.
    Rita

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  10. Oh, Bonnie, I can tell I would love a visit there myself!! But, as wonderful as that place seems, I hear you loud and clear about the best part being the time with loved ones! blessings ~ tanna

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  11. What a beautiful town, Bonnie. You timed it just right to be there on a beautiful day. It reminds me of the Mitford series too.

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  12. all of the churches are beautiful, i would love to see this place. the older the better on buildings for me. it looks like the steeple is missing from the Baptist church.

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  13. What a wonderful trip and I love that little chapel!

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  14. I've only driven through RI but you don't see these Beatty scenes from the freeway.

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  15. Just beautiful, Bonnie. Thank you for sharing these uplifting pictures!

    Ben
    http://kissthecook-ben.blogspot.com

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  16. Hello, Bonnie -- Pleased to meet you! Thank you for visiting my blog and becoming a follower... I am now your newest follower as well! I've been looking over your blog and glad to see that you enjoyed New England (I'm in Conn.) I guess your son is living in R.I.? Did you enjoy Newport, did you go to see the mansions? If not, you MUST get your son and his fiancee to take you to see a couple of them the next time you visit. I am looking forward to visiting your blog more in the future and, again, so nice to meet you!
    Best,
    Gloria

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  17. Beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing some of your trip with us! New England is so beautiful and rich with history- your pictures make me want to go. I'm glad you had a good time!

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  18. lovely photos, i hope you had fun!

    cheers,
    yas

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  19. Beautiful and breathtaking pictures. So glad you share them with us!

    Oh , I have a great giveaway today on my blog if you are interested- would love for you to drop by!

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