• Replica of Roger Williams' compass

    Roger Williams

    National Memorial Rhode Island

Things To Do

John Brown House, Providence, RI

The John Brown House, located on historic Benefit Street.

Through exhibits and a 5 minute film shown at the visitor center, discover the many contributions Roger Williams made to the cause of religious freedom. Walk through the landscaped park that includes the site of the fresh-water spring and common area of the first European settlement in Providence.

Interpretive programs are offered on a daily basis in July and August and may be available by special request during the rest of the year. A Junior Ranger activity booklet is available at the park visitor center year round.

The visitor center is a great starting location for planning your explorations of the very walkable city of Providence. Nearby highlights include the Benefit Street Mile of history, featuring the John Brown House pictured above, Waterplace Park and the rest of "Downcity" Providence. For more about what to do in Providence, please see the tourist information link to the right.

The Roger Williams National Memorial is also located within the larger John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Hertiage Corridor. To learn about about the Blackstone River Valley, please see the link to the right.

Did You Know?

Roger Williams

Did you know Rhode Island was the last colony to sign the constitution? Rhode Island refused to sign until the Bill of Rights that held the First Amendment was implemented. Both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams recognized Roger Williams as conceiving the original concept for the amendment. More...