Lovecraft College Hill Walking Tour

(10.31) Was this the Shunned House*? Or did Dr. Whipple live around the corner on North Court Street? Learn more Saturday on the Lovecraft College Hill Walking Tour. (Facebook event page.)

H.P. Lovecraft (1890–1937) lived in Providence nearly his entire life. He was so devoted to the city that it was here that he set his longest (and arguably best) story, The Case of Charles Dexter Ward. Lovecraft’s gravestone – raised by fans four decades after his death – is inscribed with one of his own proclamations: “I am Providence.” This tour will take visitors past over 30 points of interest related to Lovecraft’s life and work, including two of his homes.

The tour will be led by Donovan K. Loucks, webmaster of The H.P. Lovecraft Archive and specialist in “Lovecraftian geography”. The tour route is just over two miles in length and will take about 2½ hours. However, note that the route ascends and descends steep College Hill, a height of nearly 18 stories. So, wear comfortable shoes and dress warmly. (Gratuities are welcome.)

The tour steps off promptly at 2pm from the Providence Arcade, from the Lovecraft Arts & Sciences store, directly across from New Harvest Coffee. Tickets are still available at the time of this writing.

Walking Tour, $10, 2pm to 4:30pm, Saturday, October 31, Lovecraft Arts & Sciences Bookstore, 65 Weybosset Street

*So many great dwellings and properties to choose from. This pic of the Old Court B&B won out for their stupendously underworked and tiny jack-o-lantern.

Below: Benjamin Cushing House at 40 North Court Street, “a more likely candidate for the Dr. Elihu Whipple house, this “Georgian homestead with knocker and iron-railed steps” is the oldest house on College Hill.”

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