MOWRY HOUSE CURATORSHIP
Mowry House porch before reconstruction.
Mowry House porch after reconstruction.
Curator: Revive the Roots
Property: Mary Mowry House, c. 1750 with additions
Location: 10 Old Forge Road (not open to the public)
Open Space: 25 acres, managed by Revive the Roots
Owner: Smithfield Land Trust
Preserve Rhode Island managed a $100,000 grant from the Land Trust in 2013 to make the property habitable after 15 years of vacancy. Work included plumbing, electrical, heat, roof flashing, and septic installation. Revive the Roots was selected as the craftsmen-in-residence through a public application process managed by PRI. The scope of work includes interior preparation and painting of select unfinished rooms, window restoration, exterior paint removal, trim repair and repainting, general property maintenance, and fundraising for roof replacement and restoration of a two-story Victorian-era porch.
As part of continuing the rehabilitation of the property, Revive the Roots completed the front porch reconstruction in 2019.
Want to learn more about the Mowry craftsman-in-residence?
Get in touch with our Property Manager Paul Trudeau by email or call (706) 224-4344.
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Mowry House featured in RI PBS's Our Town: Smithfield
PRI is thrilled to be featured in RI PBS’s Our Town: Smithfield, a special program highlighting the untold and uncelebrated stories of Rhode Island's towns!
In the brief vignette, PRI along with the Smithfield Land Trust and Revive the Roots, share the story of how our three organizations came together to preserve the ca. 1750 Mowry House and its 25 acres of agricultural land to practice a "whole landscape" approach to preserving Smithfield's rural character.