Portsmouth, Rhode Island

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From pre-colonial times through World War II , the townof Portsmouth, Rhode Island, has served as a stage for thedramatic evolution of American history. Dispossessed citizensfrom the Massachusetts Bay Colony came to Portsmouth inthe spirit of religious and political tolerance, paving the wayfor the establishment of a large Quaker settlement in town.Revolutionary leaders such as George Washington, Lafayette,and Rochambeau visited the summer residences of wealthyNewport merchants in Portsmouth, including the home ofTory, Metcalf Bowler. During the Civil War, the Melville areaof Portsmouth was the site of a hospital for wounded Unionsoldiers and Confederate prisoners, and was an active stopon the Underground Railroad. Prior to World War II , John F.Kennedy received his PT boat training in Portsmouth, andRaytheon has kept many employed in the defense industryever since.
ISBN: 9780738590189
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Rhode Island
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Authors Nancy Jensen Devin and Richard V. Simpson are area historians who have combined the photograph collections of the Portsmouth Historical Society with many previously unpublished images from local families' albums to produce this remarkable new photographic history of the town. Mr. Simpson is the author of Bristol in the Images of America series, and Ms. Devin is the creator of a popular multimedia presentation called The Story of the Town of Portsmouth, Rhode Island. The authors' affection for the area and knowledge of its history are evident in this exciting tribute to the town and the people of Portsmouth.
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