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Glocester Town Pound

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1749. Victory Highway at Pound Hill Rd.

In addition to this survivor, an unusual number of colonial pounds are extant in Rhode Island—fairly well-preserved examples here and in Exeter (see EX5); tumbled relics in Foster (see FO7), Hopkinton, and Richmond. This is not only the best preserved of the group, but the most carefully wrought. Unfortunately, its effect is compromised by the crowding of recent residences around it. Stray animals were corraled in such pounds and auctioned unless redeemed for a fee within a certain time limit. Pounds were simple walled structures, roughly rectangular, usually of a height at least twice that of ordinary field walls. This, approximately six feet high, is an impressive example of colonial drywall stonework, displaying a rugged mix of rounded boulders and roughly cut lintel-like stones, all capped by long, flat stones with a narrow iron-gated, lintel-topped entrance in one wall. It is approximately fifty feet square, with a trapezoidal deviation to adjust to the fork at the intersection.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


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William H. Jordy et al., "Glocester Town Pound", [Glocester, Rhode Island], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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