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Wilcox Farm

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18th century. 5193 Post Rd.

An early vernacular house with a nineteenth-century Greek Revival entrance, the Stanton House was the birthplace of Joseph Stanton, Jr., who lived a life of military and political accomplishment, rising to the rank of brigadier general in the Revolutionary War and becoming one of Rhode Island's first two U.S. senators. The size of the house, built by his father, Joseph Stanton II, as a five-bay, center-chimney residence, is in keeping with the local status of the Stanton family, which at one time owned large tracts of land in Charlestown. Purchased by Edward Wilcox in 1811, it later became a store and a stagecoach tavern. A prominent nineteenth-century monument to the younger Joseph Stanton, a 20-foot granite obelisk surrounded by an iron rail fence, sits between the house and the divided highway. The residence to the west, the Wilcox Farm, is a large saltbox-shaped farmhouse, a good example, unique in Charlestown, of that eighteenth-century vernacular type. It too was once owned by the Stanton and Wilcox families.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.

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