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Valentine Whitman House to become a Family Home Once Again 

  

With the rehabilitation of the Valentine Whitman House in the final stages, Preserve RI announced its plans to put the house on the market in June as a private residence. A preservation easement, overseen by Preserve RI, will be put on the property, permanently protecting the architectural integrity of the house. The Town of Lincoln transferred ownership of the Valentine Whitman House to Preserve RI in July 2021. Extensive repair and rehabilitation work began immediately, and the project is estimated to cost $600 thousand dollars when complete. 

  

The Valentine Whitman House (c.1696), located on Great Road in Lincoln, is one of the few remaining “Stone Enders” in Rhode Island, an architectural style unique to the state. It is also considered to be unique as both the highest expression of this style in its scale and detail, and also that it has been left substantially unaltered over its 320-year history.   

  

The Town of Lincoln sought ideas for a sustainable future of this former house museum. Without a significant endowment or revenue streams and faced with the need for substantial investment to stabilize the property, the town turned to Preserve RI for help. 

 

“Selling this important house, with an easement attached, will ensure that a family who appreciates the historic value of this home will love and protect it for generations to come. It will also allow Preserve RI to recoup our investment so we can take on more projects like this in the future. We are proud to help the town of Lincoln find new purpose for this property and set the Valentine Whitman House on a sustainable course for its next 300 years,” said Valerie Talmage, Executive Director of Preserve RI.  

 

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A Brief History of the Valentine Whitmans House

In the late 1690s, Valentine Whitman Jr. built a house along the Great Road, in what was then Providence but is now the Town of Lincoln. Whitman’s house was large and elaborate for its time, with tall timbers, elegantly decorated with chamfers. One end of the two-story house was constructed entirely of granite stone, similar to other nearby buildings: the Clemence-Irons House (ca.1691) in Johnston and the Arnold House (ca.1693) in Lincoln. Eventually, this type of construction, unique to Rhode Island, became known as the “stone-ender.” Whitman’s house stands today as an exceptional example of this rare type, with fewer than ten stone-enders surviving today.

Whitman’s house survived an early 19th century conversion into three separate apartments and a mid-20th century subdivision and sale of surrounding farmland into a residential development, leaving the historic house on a parcel of less than two acres by the late 20th century.  In 1991, the Town of Lincoln rescued the building from all but certain demolition.  For the next thirty years a fiercely loyal and hard-working band of volunteers operated a house museum on the site.

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