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BRISTOL “TALES OF THE SLAVE TRADE”

 

WALKING TOURS

 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Saturday, October 18, 2014

 

10:00 A.M.

 

 Linden Place Museum hosts monthly walking tour of Linden Place Mansion and downtown Bristol, RI focused specifically on Bristol’s DeWolf Family and their involvement in the Slave Trade.  Featured in the PBS film “Traces of the Trade”, The DeWolf family, Bristol’s premier family in the 18th and early 19th centuries, was once one of the largest traders of slaves in New England. 

 

 

The guided tour begins at Linden Place, the Federal-style mansion built by architect Russell Warren for George DeWolf, in downtown Bristol.  The tour then continues through the center of historic Bristol and down to the waterfront on Thames Street, pointing out significant sites tied to Bristol’s lengthy and profitable involvement in the slave trade.

 

The tour ends at the historic DeWolf Tavern, once a DeWolf waterfront warehouse, where tour-goers enjoy a rum cocktail and ask questions.

 

 The tour is $20, $15 for Linden Place members, and includes a complimentary drink at the DeWolf Tavern.  Reservations are required and the tour is limited to 15 people.

 

For more information and reservations, please call the Linden Place office at 253-0390.

 

 

SAMUEL POMEROY COLT: SHADOWED BY THE GUN

 

Historian Claire Benson tells the fascinating story of Colonel Samuel Colt’s life through documents and the Colt family papers at the University of Rhode Island.

 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2014

7:00 P.M.

LINDEN PLACE MANSION PARLORS

 

Samuel Pomeroy Colt is often confused with his uncle, Samuel Colt, famous for the Colt revolver and the iconic Colt Armory in Hartford, CT. But nephew ”Pom” Colt, whose home was Linden Place in Bristol, made a major impact in the political, financial and industrial world of Rhode Island during the Gilded Age. Hear how Colt – fatherless at 3 - managed to become a major politician, a wealthy banker and an innovative industrialist, all by the age of 35. This presentation will cover many chapters from Colt’s life – his family, his women, his homes and his playgrounds.

 

The lecture will be hosted on Thursday, October 16 at 7:00 PM inside the historic mansion parlors of Linden Place, which are filled with furnishings once used by Col. Samuel Pomeroy Colt himself.

 

The speaker, Claire Benson, is a board member of the Bristol Historical and Preservation Society and a member of Linden Place. She loves presenting talks on her favorite subject: Bristol history.

The event is co-sponsored by Linden Place and the Bristol Historical & Preservation Society. Admission is free for Linden Place & BHPS members and $5 for the public. Reservations are recommended as space is limited. For information please call: (401) 253-0390. 

 

 

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