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Providence: An improbable narrative

history walk

Providence: An improbable narrative

42 reviews
Duration
2 hours
Group size
Up to 8 people
Hosted in
English
history walk

Providence: An improbable narrative

history walk

Providence: An improbable narrative

42 reviews
Duration
2 hours
Group size
Up to 8 people
Hosted in
English

What you'll do

We'll start on the river in front the silver circle sculpture and then weave around Brown University and College Hill, stopping to talk at lookouts, colonial sites, public sculptures, hidden gardens, and, for Crimetown fans, the scene of the "Nightmare on Power Street. " Roger Williams called Rhode Island a "lively experiment." I'll do my best to report how it worked out. The walk is just two miles and should take about 2 hours with a coffee/bathroom break, if needed. It's hilly. So bring good shoes. We'll end at the Wild Colonial near where we began, a great local bar.

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Peter

I was a newsman for 47 years: reporter, editor, columnist, webmaster. I now teach journalism at the University of Rhode Island, where I have honed my performance-presentation skills. As a journalist, teacher, runner, reader of history and 16-year resident of Providence's Fox Point-College Hill neighborhood, I know the state's stories and hidden passages around Brown University and colonial Providence. Mine will be an amused and irreverent tour with time to indulge in the lives of the pious and the profane. By rights, Providence should be known as the place the American Revolution began, but the citizens had to keep it quiet. King George had a bounty on John Brown's head.

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Where you'll be

The Providence waterfront; John Brown's house on a hill; the scene of Buddy Cianci's first felony, the place where the Revolution started, but no one noticed; Brown University; H.P. Lovecraft Square; gardens tucked out of view; the library where Sarah Whitman dismissed Edgar Alan Poe; the site of the Snow Town race riot of 1831; the Roger Williams lookout; and the home of the colonial governor who tried to negotiate a peace with Britain.

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Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests ages 13 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age. Be prepared for the hills. Wear running or hiking shoes.

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Providence: An improbable narrative
42 reviews
From $33/person
42 reviews
From $33/person