Unlike New England settlers in most communities outside Rhode Island, the founders of Providence set aside no centrally located town green. For the eighteenth-century predecessor to Round Top, one of the members of its congregation, Daniel Abbott, donated this as a “true New England common,” albeit a tiny one, for many years no more than a grassy area extending from the church. A cast iron fountain surrounded by cast iron fencing (long since removed) was added in 1873 and restored toward its 1873 condition c. 1990. This was the first private donation of a public park to the city.
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