This park incorporates the site of the spring that supposedly attracted Providence's first European settlers. The conjectural spring itself is sited a little beyond the Old State House Parade, commemorated by a marble wellhead in a pretty garden, surrounded by marble parapeting, and reached from the higher grade at Main Street by an elaborate marble stair (1933, Norman M. Isham). This precinct speaks more of Colonial Revival pieties than of Roger Williams's original waterhole. The well no longer offers water, but the architectural pilgrim may find that this arcadian aggrandizement of the past slakes the thirst in a different way.
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Roger Williams National Memorial Park
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