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!