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The Western Rhode Island
Civic Historical Society

Society Intent and History

Zilpha W. Foster, Donator of the Paine House
Zilpha W. Foster
Donator of the Paine House

The society was incorporated under the laws of the State or Rhode Island as stated in the articles of association for the purpose of gathering and preserving historical materials relating to western Rhode Island and also to promote the social and cultural life of the area. Over the years, our collection has grown due to the generosity of current and past members. There is a wealth of information about many of the communities in western Rhode Island, as well as various items for furniture, quilts, clothing, and military items.

One of the most notable of the military items the society has is the MacGregor Sword which was used in the war of 1812. The MacGregor family owned a tavern in the Rice City area of western Coventry that was destroyed by fire.