Events ~ Historic Tales of Jamestown ~ Newport


Historic Tales of Jamestown
A May 19, 2016 author talk with Sue Maden & Rosemary Enright

Newport, RI – From tales of shipwrecks to summer days long past, discover the fascinating history of Jamestown, RI during the Newport Historical Society’s May 19, 2016 talk Historic Tales of Jamestown when authors Sue Maden and Rosemary Enright share stories of Jamestown’s 350 year history.

Learn how the town was home to Camps Bailey and Meade, two training facilities for Union troops during the Civil War. Hear about the steam ferries that crossed Narragansett Bay beginning in 1873 and how people traveled to the island to sample the town’s leisure and entertainment opportunities. Explore how Beavertail Lighthouse and “Clingstone” stand as iconic landmarks long after their construction, and how the opening of the Jamestown Bridge in 1940 changed the area’s development.

Historic Tales of Jamestown is the latest addition to The History Press’ American Chronicles series. The book, which will be available for purchase during the talk, includes photos and essays, many of which originally appeared in some form in The Jamestown Press.

Sue Maden has been researching and co-authoring articles and books about Jamestown for over 25 years including Greetings from Jamestown, Rhode Island: Picture Post Card Views 1900–1950 and Jamestown Affairs: A Miscellany of Historical Flashbacks. Together with Rosemary Enright, the pair has written Jamestown: A History of Narragansett Bay’s Island Town and Legendary Locals of Jamestown along with over 50 articles about the island’s history.

Historic Tales of Jamestown takes place at the Newport Historical Society’s Resource Center, 82 Touro Street, Newport, RI, at 5:30pm. Admission is free, donations welcome. Reservations are appreciated; please call 401-846-0813 x104 or email

About the Newport Historical Society
Since 1854, the Newport Historical Society has collected and preserved the artifacts, photographs, documents, publications, and genealogical records that relate to the history of Newport County, to make these materials readily available for both research and enjoyment, and to act as a resource center for the education of the public about the history of Newport County, so that knowledge of the past may contribute to a fuller understanding of the present. For more information please visit .



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