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.]]>
Pilgrims and Puritans came to America seeking religious freedom for themselves. Roger Williams arrived seeking liberty of conscience for all: Protestant, Catholic, Jew, Muslim, unbeliever and pagan.
“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.”
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!
WHITE WINE TASTING!
Sponsored by Main Street Wine & Spirits
Cheese, hor d’ oeuvres
June 20, 5-9
7 Station St.
Tickets $30 per person
Deadline June 13
$35 at the door
For tickets call
Or order your tickets online at http://bit.ly/1xkmMkz