South County Museum Hosts Rhode Island’s Leading Civil War Experts

This month, two of the state’s premier Civil War historians take center stage at South County Museum. Their lectures offer an inside look into one of the most seminal military events in state and national history, July 28th at 7:00 PM and July 30th at 7:00 PM. 

This event is free for members. $10 Non-members. Registration is required.


“Sprague & The Command Crisis” by Robert Grandchamp
July 28 | 7:00 PM

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Robert Grandchamp is the award-winning author of 15 books on American military history. He received his MA in American History from Rhode Island College and is a former National Park Ranger. He is currently a senior analyst with the federal government and resides in Jericho Center, Vermont with his wife and two daughters. His featured discussion on July 28th, “Sprague & The Command Crisis,” will profile the summer of 1862, when Rhode Island’s Civil War governor, William Sprague, faced his toughest challenge to date, recruiting more young Rhode Islanders to go to war and dealing with a mutiny in one of his state’s units. How did he respond to these momentous decisions? How did his actions affect Rhode Island Civil War soldiers? 


“The Varnum Armory Museum’s Efforts to Save Rhode Island Civil War History” by Patrick Donovan
July 30 | 7:00 PM

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Patrick Donovan is Vice President of the Varnum Continentals Inc, an all-volunteer non-profit organization that owns and manages two museum properties: the James Mitchell Varnum estate and the Varnum Memorial Armory Museum. As Armory Vice President, Donovan is responsible for the Varnum Armory facility and is curator of the Varnum Armory Museum, which houses the largest collection of Rhode Island military history on display. On July 30th, he will present fascinating stories about the museum’s collection of Rhode Island Civil War artifacts and its efforts to conserve these priceless objects. He will have with him an assortment of these rare, one-of-a-kind items, including the Varnum Armory’s newest acquisition which earned them front page coverage in a recent edition of The Providence Journal.

Little Women: The Broadway Musical at South County Museum


Join us for a live performance of Little Women at the South County Museum, featuring the talented student actors from Narragansett High School. Follow the coming-of-age adventures of four sisters, set against the backdrop of Civil War-era New England. This performance offers a night to remember with showtimes on July 16-18th. 

Enjoy this production on the property of Rhode Island’s Civil War governor, William Sprague. You’ll be seated in the romantic, ivy-covered stone ruins of the stables – the only building left after the October 1909 fire that burnt his 65-room mansion to the ground. Transport yourself to one of the most important periods in American history. This is the perfect precursor to Civil War History Week at the museum, beginning July 26th.

Don’t forget to register because tickets are limited. They are available for purchase here.

July 16th: 5:00PM (SOLD OUT)
July 17th: 1:00PM and 5:00PM
July 18th: 1:00PM and 5:00PM

July 3rd Annual Chick Hatch

Come start your 4th of July weekend with us on ON SATURDAY, JULY 3RD 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM for The Annual Chick Hatch. South County Museum’s Living History Farm is home to two heritage Rhode Island Red Chicken flocks. Each year, the museum hatches almost 200 baby chicks to start a new generation of egg layers.
This Summer Family Event is a great event for young and old alike. Between 400 – 600 visitors join us each year for one of the museum’s most popular events to celebrate our Rhody pride in the state’s favorite bird. Reservations require
Free to members
General admission $20.00/Adults $10/Kids

Family Fun Day

$12.00 – $40.00

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Music at the Museum

Music at the Museum tickets sold out!

Summer has finally arrived and South County Museum is making a big song and dance about it! Get your groove on at The “Music at the Museum” concert with live music, yard games, and local fare on June 26th from 4:00-9:00 pm. 

Dance the night away with 4 local Rhode Island performers, including Third Signal, Rhode to Bali, Guess Method, Dudemanbro. Your family can enjoy a lively mix of tunes, from bluesy-island and indie-jazz beats to rock reggae jams. Get a taste of local flavors with Rhode Island food truck favorites the whole family can enjoy, including Gansett Poke, Paco’s Tacos, and RI Cruisin’ Cocktails. Bring your appetite and your dancing shoes for a historic night of music and dancing on our sprawling campus! 


$20 Adult non-member

$15 Adult member

$15 Child non-member

$10 Child member

Free: Children under 6


Commercial Fishing Opening Night Raffle


South County Museum is proud to announce the official opening of the Metz Exhibit Hall, as well as the preview of our brand new exhibit “Commercial Fishing – The Early Years” on May 14th, from 5:00-7:00 PM. This event will feature the raffle of a breathtaking watercolor painting generously donated by Robert Chase. He has captured the art of trap fishing, and this treasure could be yours to take home!

Tickets are $10, or $50 for 6. Tickets are available through the end of May. The winning ticket will be drawn at the end of the month.

Raffle: Watercolor Painting “Fish Trapping”

$10.00 – $50.00

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Don’t miss your chance to reel in this catch, it is a stunning piece you won’t want to release!

Commercial Fishing- The Early years Preview

Are you interested in being the first to see our new commercial fishing exhibit? Join our preview night to get an exclusive first look at our new commercial fishing exhibit and meet our new Executive Director. Come discover what the museum has in store this spring and summer.

Date: Friday, May 14th, 2021

Time: 5:00pm-7:00pm

Donation $20 per person

Commercial Fishing Exhibit Opening Night


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Spring Family Event Sold out

South County Museum’s Spring Family Event is officially sold out due to great demand. We will have more event coming up, so please stay tuned for more information.

Thank you so much to everyone who has bought their tickets to support us and our event. We are so grateful for a community that is involved, supportive, and caring.

Please continue to come see us, and follow us on social media to explore, engage, and experience our rich history.

Spring Family Fun Event

Just in time for Spring, the South County Museum is hosting a Spring Family Event. The outdoor event offers a day full of family fun celebrating all things Spring, April 3rd from 11:00 AM-3:00 PM.
Getting outside for a walk around the museum’s eight acre wooded campus will feel like stepping back in time. Add in a confetti egg hunt, blacksmith demonstrations, rock painting and plenty of games, they may not even realize they are learning. The Live music, food and drink trucks will be a wonderful bonus!
The South County Museum inspires curious learners of all ages to explore, engage, and experience Rhode Island’s unique agriculture, maritime and mill village history.
Registration for the event is required and spaces are limited.

Admission is free for members

children under 6: free

Non member adult: $15

Non member child 6-12: $12

Find registration for members here

Find registration for child non-member here

Find registration for Adult non-member here

For more information on the event and opportunities to become a member, call 401-783-5400 or check out our facebook page at

50/50 raffle

Happy St Patrick’s day folks! Feeling the luck of the Irish? If so, try your luck at our 50/50 raffle! For every 5 dollars donated, 1 ticket will be put in the bowl, and names will be chosen at the end of the month. 50 percent of the proceeds will go to the winner, and the other 50 percent will go to organizing our Spring family event at the museum on April 3rd(free admission for members, and a $15 admission for non-members). We take pride in creating these quarterly events for our members, and our goal is to be able to keep creating events and smiles! Please consider taking a shot at our 50/50 raffle, you may just be the lucky leprechaun! Purchase your raffle tickets today online, our gift shop, or by calling the office (401) 783-5400.


An Egg-citing Spring Family Event

How do you like your eggs? This month, join in to help the South County Museum make a special kind of egg you won’t find on any menu. In preparation for SCM’s Spring Family Event on April 3rd, we’re making confetti eggs — yes, they are as fun as they sound! Follow the tutorial below from arts and crafts master and fellow SCM supporter Sarah Abbruzzese to learn how to prepare your eggs!

These awesome eggs have a unique and global history. The concept of filling egg shells with a special gift first appeared in Asia and was eventually brought to Italy and Spain by the explorer Marco Polo. The eggs were often given as gifts and were filled with perfumed powder. They arrived in Mexico in the mid-1800’s thanks to the Emperor Maximilian’s wife. In Mexico, the powder was replaced with confetti and the confetti egg was born! Today, confetti eggs— or cascarones as they are known in Spanish— are part of Mexican Carnival celebrations, when communities commemorate the season before Lent with parades, rich food, and colorful costumes. 

The funnest part about confetti eggs is surprising a friend with a shower of confetti on their head— which, according to tradition, may even bring them good luck!

So, as you eat your way through your next dozen eggs, set aside the shells each time. When you finish the carton, bring them along to the museum, where we will fill the eggs with tons of colorful confetti! With your help, come Family Day we’ll have a huge supply for the kids to find in an egg-stra special edition of SCM’s Egg Hunt!

Help the children have a blast at our Spring Family Event and get cracking!