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Lt. Governor Thomas Whipple


One of the most notable people that lived at the Paine House was Lt. Governor Thomas Whipple.  I didn’t get much information on a google search but I did go to one of our historians, Andrew Boisvert.  In my google search I did find this photo.  It looks like it could be what is now known as Cornerstone of Faith United Methodist Church.  If this is correct, the building on the right is where our police station now stands.  Thomas Whipple was a supporter of what was then known as the Methodist Episcopal Church.  He was not a member of any church but donated the land where this church now stands.

Thomas Whipple and Colonel Peleg Wilbur operated a mill under the name of Wilbur and Whipple in the Washington Village and the counting house of the mill acted as the Political headquarters for the town of Coventry.  Thomas Whipple served a few terms as a senator before becoming LT Governor to fellow Coventry resident Henry B. Anthony. In 1832 he served as the messenger from the State of Rhode Island to the US Congress carrying RI Electoral Vote.

Thomas Whipple had children Cromwell Whipple, Isabella Whipple, Sarah Whipple Stone wife of William A. Stone, Abbie A Whipple, Henry Clay Whipple.  Cromwell Whipple married Hannah Matteson and had 2 children Emily Frances Whipple and William Parke Whipple.

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Posted on May 7, 2015 at 11:25 am
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America’s First Rebel: Roger Williams part one


Published on Jul 16, 2012

“Williams was really America’s first individualist, the first contradictor of authority, the first rebel,” explains John M. Barry, author of Roger Williams and The Creation of the American Soul: Church, State, and the Birth of Liberty. While best known as the founder of Rhode Island and for being a leading proponent of a “wall of separation” between church and state, Barry argues that Williams’ imprint on America is deeper than most recognize. “When I started writing the book I quickly realized that I was not simply writing about the emergence of the idea of religious liberty, but liberty itself.”

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Posted on April 27, 2015 at 11:26 am
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Paranormal and Historic Locations

PH paranromal for Blog
Historic locations that might have certain legends and folklore attached to them that fall into the realm of the supernatural have always intrigued both those with a firm belief in its existence and those who simply have a certain level of curiosity about the validity of such claims.
Whether you believe in the paranormal and accept that perhaps there is more to life and beyond than we understand or approach the subject as nothing more than the result of overactive imaginations and embellishment of historical facts, those who legitimately seek the truth must always begin by adhering to a time-honored adage: Nothing happens without a reason.
In terms of exploring any supernatural legend, one must endeavor to understand where its origins lie. Often at the heart of any legend exists a grain of truth. The key is to discern fact from fiction and this is where extensive historic research of a location is paramount. Who built the structure, who lived there, who died there and what if any significant events occurred there that shaped its history are all pertinent questions to ask when exploring any claims of the unexplained.
It seems reasonable to ask; who might still remain there and more importantly…why?
While a great deal of paranormal investigations border on the absurd and are superficial at best, the more academic and objective of those who undertake it understand the value and necessity of digging into archives, public records and literature to shed a beacon of light on the location’s past and by extension, its present and whether its reputation as a “haunted” location has some level of merit or is just the result of some very wishful thinking.
Written by Ken DeCosta
RISEUP Paranormal
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Posted on March 27, 2015 at 1:30 pm
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1st White Night Event at Paine House


We are looking forward to spring, but even better we are going to be celebrating summer at the Paine House Museum!

Celebrate the Lightest Day of the Year with us!  Our first White Night Event!

Wear Something White!

Paine House Museum & Western Rhode Island Civic Historical Society

1st White Night Event!

Sponsored by Main Street Wine & Spirits

Cheese, hor d’ oeuvres


June 20, 5-9
7 Station St.
Coventry, RI

Tickets $30 per person
Deadline June 13
$35 at the door

For tickets call
Or order your tickets online at http://bit.ly/1xkmMkz

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