HOPKINS HOUSE (1708)
Open: Saturday-Sunday 1-4 p.m.
Directions: From I-95, take 195 East to 2nd Street Exit (Wickenden Street). Follow signs. Take immediate 2nd left under bridge, go straight to Benefit Street, and continue to Hopkins Street. The house is on the SW corner.
In 1743, Stephen Hopkins purchased a home supposed to have been built in 1708. To the structure, Hopkins attached his own two-story house, built with a single ground floor room on either side of a central hallway and two chimneys (one for each main floor room with chamber above). He installed a fine staircase with stocky balusters set in a heavy, molded closed string course, and good paneling and trim. The handsome shell cupboard over the fireplace and the overdoor panels are similar to other homes built before the Revolutionary War. The furnishings are similar to those Governor Hopkins is known to have owned. Hopkins' own possessions on display include two Queen Anne chairs, his silver porringer, shoe buckles, baby bonnet, and shoes.
Governor Hopkins was one of the two Rhode Island Signers of the Declaration of Independence. George Washington visited Hopkins in his house. Alden Hopkins, a descendant of Governor Hopkins' brother, and resident landscape architect at Colonial Williamsburg designed the 18th-century parterre garden.
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