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

Buy now

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

Buy now

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.

Showtimes:
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

Buy now


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! 

Admission:

$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

Buy now

 

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

$20.00

Buy now


Would you like to volunteer at South County Museum?

Volunteers Needed! Interested in getting involved using your passion and talents? South County Museum seeks individuals who are passionate about helping us preserve, interpret, and present Rhode Island’s unique rural history.

We are looking for volunteers and docents to help our visitors discover our living history museum this summer. You can take part in a special tour for volunteers on May 21st as part of your orientation for summer projects.

Please fill out this Online Volunteer Application Form or print and mail it to South County Museum, P.O. Box 709, Narragansett, RI 02882. Once your application is received, we will follow-up by phone.

In order for you to become familiar with the museum, job-specific training will be conducted by staff members while you learn by doing. We ask that volunteers commit to at least one scheduled three-hour block of time based on your schedule during our open hours.


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.


And the winner of the March 50/50 Raffle is…..

Bill Edmonds!! Thank you, Bill, and everyone who participated in this month’s 50/50 raffle.


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 https://www.facebook.com/events/770186880589860/