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Historical and Walking Tours

Providence is a city with a rich history and walking tours of the city, its historic architecture, and visits to the significant houses open for visiting provide a fascinating view of our interesting past.

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Governor Stephen Hopkins House

Make time to see The Governor Stephen Hopkins House located at 15 Hopkins Street (off Benefit Street). They are open for tours: Wednesdays from 11:00 2:00 p.m. and April through November on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. & until 7:00 p.m., when they fall on a full WaterFire lighting (the last tour begins at 6:30 p.m.).

Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted.

The museum is also open by appointment, for which there may be a modest admission charge. Please email to make an appointment.

Rhode Island Historical Society Walking Tours

Visit the places where history happened through our dynamic and compelling historical walking tours.  Our trained guides will lead you through the streets of history supplemented with primary documents and images.  Our regular tour season runs from June through October.  Most tours run for 90 minutes, and though mainly in Providence, we have been known to explore other locations throughout the state.

Providence Independence Trail

Independence Trail

Welcome to the INDEPENDENCE TRAIL of Providence, Rhode Island – a 2.5-mile tour of Providence that takes in over four centuries of history, architecture, culture, and folklore.

Using the Trail is easy – it is marked by a green line that is painted on the sidewalks of Providence.

The Trail is circular so there is no “beginning” and no “end” – just start and head in either direction – in 2.5 miles you will be back where you started.  During that time you will have traveled through over 4 centuries of American history, architecture, culture, and folklore.

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