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Washington Slept Here

Or was it a dine and dash? We may never know for sure. Read more here or visit the home, now a museum, of merchant and ten-time Governor Stephen Hopkins. His revolutionary cred started with the Gaspee Affair when he refused to cooperate with the British authorities. According to, “As Chief Justice of the …

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George Washington Slept Here

In April of 1776, George Washington visited the Hopkins house, then located on South Main Street (early settlers were always dragging their houses around). According to the Gaspee Virtual Archives, General Washington’s first visit was on April 5, 1776. He was on his way to take command of the Continental Army in Boston. Hopkins himself …

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The Spirit Of ’76 Was Jamaican

Governor Stephen Hopkins led our delegation to the 1774 Continental Congress, later signing the Declaration of Independence for the colony of Rhode Island, an act of great bravery. John Adams wrote in his autobiography regarding Hopkins’ contributions to the congress, But Governor Hopkins of Rhode Island, above seventy Years of Age kept us all alive. …

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