Board meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month from September through May, at 6:30 pm in the carriage house of the Babcock Smith House, 124 Granite St.

Programs are held on Sundays in the carriage house of the Babcock Smith House, 124 Granite St.

In celebration of Westerly’s 350th anniversary, all events will be free.

Here are the first programs of the Fall season!  Please visit this website for additional programming added to our schedule.  

Fall 2019:

Sunday, November 10th, 2 PM: “Old Music from Rhode Island”, a concert by The Vox Hunters.

Past Events

October 27th: “Scanning and Digitization of Historic Photos and Other Media” by Steve Cersosimo, owner of Granite Photo.

September 29th “125 Years of Football at the Westerly High School: A History of the Bulldogs, 1893-2018” presented by our Archivist & sports historian, Zachary Garceau.

April 28 , 2019  “Point Jude: Portraits From a Fishing Port”  (Documentary Film).  This documentary film by Markham Starr follows eight people through a typical day as they work both on the water harvesting seafood and on shore in support of the fishing industry. Mr. Starr spoke about the making of the film and took questions at its conclusion.

Link to  the complete film:

March 31st, 2019  125 Years of Westerly Library and Wilcox Park. Book authors include Maria Bernier, Brigitte Hopkins, Alan Peck, and Bob Benson.

February 24th, 2019.  Blue and White: The History of Basketball at Westerly High School, by Zachary Garceau, historian and the Westerly Historical Society’s archivist. Watch the video.

January 27, 2019: Annual Westerly Historical Society Member Potluck and Research Sharing event.   Members-only. So, become a member!

October 28, 2018: Recent Happenings at the Watch Hill Lighthouse Museum. By Ann Johnson. Watch the video.

September 16, 2018: Life in the 18th Century, New London and the surrounding area. By Patricia Schaefer. New London was a growing, bustling seaport in the 18th century. We explored how people spent their time, what was important to them, and why life in “the good old days” was anything but simple. Watch the video.

April 15, 2018: Westerly, Pawcatuck & the River that Changed the Landscape. Rebecca Nolan. This talk explored the history of development and manufacturing along the Pawcatuck River and its mill villages. Watch the video.

March 25, 2018: Little Known History of the Babcock-Smith House, program held in the Babcock Smith House. Ed Fazio and Tony Smith

February 18, 2018: Pamela Scott, WHS program director, spoke about the William Clark Company Thread Mill: An Interesting History. Watch the video.

January 14, 2018: Annual Westerly Historical Society Member Potluck and Research Sharing event.

November 12, 2017: Zachary Garceau, researcher at the New England Historical Genealogical Society, and our Society’s new Archivist will speak about the Westerly Historical Society, its collections, and future plans. Watch the video.

October 1, 2017: Christian McBurney, author and editor of spoke about his new book, World War II Rhode Island.

September 24, 2017: Ann L. Smith, editor of Westerly’s Witness discussed the types of materials and methods used in developing information for historical research pieces. Watch the video.

May 17, 2017, Wednesday, 5:30-8:00 pm. Annual Meeting and Dinner at Venice Restaurant.

April 2, 2017: Elizabeth D. Warburton, from the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission,  spoke on the National Register of Historic Places. Watch the video.

October 2015: Ann Smith spoke about Steamboats of the Pawcatuck River. Watch the video.

For more events at the Carriage House, visit: