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East Greenwich Preservation Society (Kent County Jail)

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Kent County Jail
1795–1804. 110 King St.

Located at the eastern terminus of King Street, the jail has two parts: a two-and-one-half-story clapboard front section for an office and housing for the jailer and his family, and a two-story brick rear section for the inmates. The two-part program and the domesticity of the front section typify late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century town jails in Rhode Island. The jail was built in conjunction with the East Greenwich State House, a relationship suggested by the situation of the two buildings at either end of King Street. It was used as a jail as late as 1957.

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William H. Jordy et al.
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William H. Jordy et al., "East Greenwich Preservation Society (Kent County Jail)", [East Greenwich, Rhode Island], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/RI-01-EG6.

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