South County’s Heritage and Cultural Sites

The William C. O’Neill Bike Path is located on the former Narragansett Pier Railroad, which connected a collection of villages in South Kingstown, going from Kingston, south through Peace Dale, Wakefield, and into Narragansett Pier which is now the town of Narragansett. Today the bike path links a series of cultural resources that connect us to the heritage of these villages and life in different eras. Buildings of architectural distinction that served one purpose have been recycled to new uses like: the historic 1802 Helme house which became the South County Art Association in 1929; the Kingston jail is now the Pettaquamscutt Historical Society; the Washington County Court House is now the Courthouse Center for the Art; the Kingston Train Station is now an Amtrak station and houses a railroad museum for the Friends of Kingston Station; the historic Tefft cemetery is now the Tefft Historical Park which is owned by the South Kingstown Land Trust; an historic Peace Dale stone commercial building now is the home of South County’s oldest Museum, the Museum of Primitive Art and Culture; the Saugatucket River, with adjacent mills, is the watershed managed by the Saugatucket River Heritage Corridor Coalition; a 1950’s laundromat has been the Hera Gallery for 27 years; and the former Canonchet Farm in Narragansett is the South County Museum. These are shown on the map, conveniently located on or near the path, and awaiting your use. Contact the following for information:

South County Art Association
Helme House, 2587 Kingstown Road
Kingston, RI 02881
401.783.2195
South County Art Association Website
Petasquamcut Historical Society
2636 Kingstown Road
Kingston, R.I. 02881
401.783.1328
www.pettaquamscutt.org
Courthouse Center for the Arts
3481 Kingstown Road
W. Kingston, RI 02892
401.782.1018
www.courthousearts.org
Kingston Station – R.I. Railroad Museum
PO Box 191
West Kingston, RI, 02892
R.I. Railroad Museum
Historic Tefft Cemetery – Tefft Historical Park
South Kingstown Land Trust
313 Main Street, Suite C
Wakefield, RI, 02879
401.789.0962
South Kingstown Land Trust Website
Museum of Primitive Art and Culture
1058 Kingstown Road, Suite 5
Peace Dale, RI 02883
401.783.5711
www.primitiveartmuseum.org
Saugatucket River Heritage Corridor
313 Main Street
PO Box 209
South Kingstown, RI 02880
401.782.0149
Saugatucket River Heritage Corridor Coalition
Hera Gallery
23 North Road
Lily Pads Office Complex
Bldg A, Suite 24
Peace Dale, RI 02879
401.789.1488
www.heragallery.org
South County Museum
100 Anne Hoxsie Lane
PO Box 709
Narragansett, RI 02882
(401) 783-5400
www.southcountymuseum.org