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Cocumscussoc (Smith's Castle)

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Smith's Castle
1678 and later. 55 Richard Smith Dr. (open to the public)

Built on the foundation of an earlier house, Cocumscussoc was originally a fortified trading post on Mill Cove and later became the center of the eighteenth-century Updike plantation. Picturesque, but too much altered to be of firstrate architectural significance, it is nevertheless an important seventeenth-century house, interesting both as a rare seventeenth-century survivor and as the only extant trading post of the period in the state, which played a considerable role at the time in the South County economy. In 1948 the house was threatened with demolition, prompting a group of local citizens to buy and restore it for use as a museum.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


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William H. Jordy et al., "Cocumscussoc (Smith's Castle)", [North Kingstown, Rhode Island], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Rhode Island, William H. Jordy, with Ronald J. Onorato and William McKenzie Woodward. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004, 356-357.

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