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Johnston Historical Society (Elijah Angell House)

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Elijah Angell House
1765, c. 1815. 101 Putnam Pk. (open to the public)

In this two-and-one-half-story gabled house, the side-lighted door with a blind fan, suggesting the early-nineteenth-century Federal style, first catches the eye. But the central chimney and the small six-over-six sash boxed out beyond the plane of the clapboarding, as well as the window placement, which just misses symmetry, all indicate its mid-eighteenth-century origin with another member of the pioneering Angell family. Like the preceding house, this also served briefly as a tavern for travelers along the turnpike between Providence and Putnam, Connecticut. It was early (c. 1815) converted into two-family housing with apartments downstairs and up for workers at a forerunner of the present Greystone Mill, immediately behind and across the river in North Providence ( NP11). The downstairs, restored for use as a museum and meeting place, displays fireplaces and woodwork in plastered rooms typical of country work in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

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William H. Jordy et al.
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William H. Jordy et al., "Johnston Historical Society (Elijah Angell House)", [Johnston, Rhode Island], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/RI-01-JO2.

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Buildings of Rhode Island, William H. Jordy, with Ronald J. Onorato and William McKenzie Woodward. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004, 170-170.

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