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Rocky Hill School (Hopelands)

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1686, 1793, c. 1885. 1 Wampanoag Rd.

Like Forge Farm and The Grange, this began its life as a Greene family house, a small stoneender. The original section is now part of the ell that extends north from the main block of the house, added in 1793, after Hope Brown married Thomas Poynton Ives. The Ives family and their descendants, the Goddards, used this as a country retreat from Providence from the late eighteenth through the early twentieth century. Hope Brown Ives added the more-or-less-square-plan main block with wraparound colossal porch. In the mid-1880s her grandson Moses Brown Ives Goddard extended the main block to the east and also enlarged the service wing to the north. The interior largely retains Goddard's Queen Anne–Colonial Revival revisions. Rocky Hill, a private middle and upper school that acquired the property in 1948, does an admirable job in maintaining this fascinatingly evolved property.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


What's Nearby


William H. Jordy et al., "Rocky Hill School (Hopelands)", [East Greenwich, 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, 322-322.

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