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Joseph Peace Hazard House (Hazard's Castle, Seaside Farm)
An eccentric of a type more British than American, Joseph Peace Hazard was the odd man out of his generation in the powerful Hazard family (see Peace Dale under South Kingstown). Large as it was, Seaside Farm was a small piece of his massive holdings along the cliff. He was a principal force in developing Ocean Road and the grand oceanfront properties between it and the sea, with the proviso that the area never go into commercial use. But aside from farming, his personal passion was mystical
Magnificent specimen planting completes the mood, making this among the outstanding examples of mid-nineteenth-century romantic vision in the state. Not even the addition of brick dormitory blocks (in the tawny yellow which Catholic institutions seem to favor) dispels the effect. (Visitors should, however, be respectful of the purpose of the place.)
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