Map of Canonchet Farm
Shows trail heads and points of interest
Scott Turner Walks, Listens and Entertains
Canonchet Farm Walk, May 17, 2015
Nancy Karraker Wades in on Eggs, Peepers and Turtles
Guided Walk, April 19, 2015
Families Love Canonchet
Canonchet Farm Walk September 23, 2013
Watch a short film on Habitat Restoration at Lake Canonchet
On Protecting Canonchet #1
The Master Plan
On Protecting Canonchet #2
On Protecting Canonchet #3
Management of the Park
On Protecting Canonchet #4
Cleanup at Lake Canonchet
September 10, 2011
Charlie Lee Remembrance
February 6, 2011
Who was Canonchet?
by Richard Vangermeersch
Canonchet Farm Master Plan
Town Council Holds Workshop on Planning Board Report
October 21, 2010
Cleanup - Day 2
October 9, 2009
October 10, 2009
Restoring Habitat at Lake Canonchet and Little Neck Pond
It's a Wrap!
Although there was one more work session on the following Saturday, the Friends of Canonchet Farm marked the successful completion of another year of habitat restoration at Lake Canonchet and Little Neck Pond with the Fourth Annual Volunteer Appreciation Evening at the South County Museum on Wednesday, September 23.
(l-r) Libby Lamarre of North Kingstown, Mary Beth Dumouchel of East Greenwich, and Colleen Kenyon and Sandy Koerner both of South Kingstown were among the 46 volunteers who worked a total of 762 hours along the two coastal ponds across from the Narragansett Town Beach. John Miller of Narragansett, who logged 34 hours this season, receives a commemorative photo from Kathie Kelleher at the Volunteer Appreciation Evening. Many thanks to all the wonderful volunteers who enabled remarkable changes at Lake Canonchet and Little Neck Pond.
Volunteers Plant 132 Rhody Native Plants
The future of Lake Canonchet, as envisioned 41 years ago...
New Sign Honors Charlie Lee, Celebrates Native Plants Along Lake Canonchet
Installed near the intersection of Boston Neck Road and Anne Hoxsie Lane, the sign features an illustration by Frances Topping and honors the memory of Charlie Lee, founding member the Friends of Canonchet Farm.
THE FRIENDS OF CANONCHET FARM was created in 2007 by a group of Narragansett residents who recognized this forgotten parcel of land could be preserved as a natural space for the community to enjoy. The group has evolved into a partnership with the Town to provide funding and volunteers for enhancing the property. We are committed to help create a natural park for the enjoyment and education of Narragansett residents and visitors.
Today Canonchet Farm is a green space unlike any other in Rhode Island. Comprised of 175 acres of fresh and saltwater wetlands, forests,brooks, and ponds abutting Pettaquamscutt Cove on Narrow River, the land is habitat for a wide variety of birds, plants, animals, and insects. The John H. Chafee National Wildlife Refuge owns ten acres of the land, while the remaining 165 acres belong to the Town of Narragansett. The original open fields of farmland have, over the years, grown into a thick forest of native and invasive plants and trees. Visitors and members will enjoy learning about the area on our popular guided walks, led by experts in the fields of nature, culture, and the sciences. With 1.5 miles of walking trails and proximity to the South County Museum, Canonchet Farm is a perfect venue for a day's outing.
Canonchet Farm's earliest inhabitants were the Narragansett Indians, followed by the first colonial settlers and farmers of the area. In 1865 Governor William Sprague and his wife, Kate Chase Sprague, purchased the property and constructed a sprawling sixty-eight-room mansion. They called the farm"Canonchet" after the renowned sachem of the Narragansett tribe. In 1909 the mansion burned to the ground. Now,only the stone framework remains from the original stable, which burned in 1960's.
LOOKING TO THE FUTURE
With the ongoing habitat restoration program, made possible by the support of donations and volunteers, the ponds are becoming visible from Boston Neck Road. A proposed linear park along the shores of both ponds with a landscape design of native plants begins to take shape. We also plan to install educational signage, offer programs for children, and hold courses in forestry management.
BECOME A MEMBER
Whether your interest is a quiet walk through the forest or the hands-on experience of preserving the environment, we invite you to join Friends of Canonchet Farm, and help support the natural development of this unique place in Rhode Island.
Photos by Bill Krul
The mission of the Friends of Canonchet Farm
is to improve, manage and preserve Canonchet Farm
in partnership with the public for the enjoyment
of present and future generations.