Autumn Guided Walks
On Pettaquamscutt 2019
Sunday, January 27
Sunday, February 24
Sunday, March 31
Sunday, April 22
Saturday, May 19
Sunday, June 3
Looking back at On Pettaquamscutt 2017
View Nancy Karraker's presentation on amphibians and reptiles in the Narrow River Watershed.
Registration is now open for the February 24
"The History of Shadow Farm."
Please join us for the eighth season of the winter speaker series On Pettaquamscutt: Presentations on the Environment and the History of the Narrow River Watershed. Presented by: Friends of Canonchet Farm, Narrow River Preservation Association, South County Museum and the Maury Loontjens Memorial Library with generous support from Trio Restaurant.
The presentations are on three Sunday afternoons, from 1:00 to 3:00, at the Maury Loontjens Memorial Library, 35 Kingstown Road, Narragansett. All events are FREE and open to the public. After each talk, continue the conversation next door at Trio Restaurant, 15 Kingstown Road.
Space is limited for each presentation, so we encourage you to register to reserve a seat, when online registration opens at the beginning of the month of the presentation.
The 2019 lineup includes:
January 27 - Designing the Linear Park
The Friends of Canonchet Farm is funding design of a linear park along the two coastal ponds across from Narragansett Town Beach. Landscape Architect Randy Collins of Beta Group will present the plans for an inviting and sustainable landscape in the heart of Narragansett.
February 24 - History of Shadow Farm
Resident and local historian David Chidakel will trace the ownership of Shadow Farm from the Colonial times of the Robinsons and Hazards to its development as a condominuim project in the 1980s.
March 31 - Waves of Blue, Waves of Green: The Southern R.I. Farms of Historic New England
Silas Casey's Farm sits on a 300-acre plot laid out as part of the Namcook Purchase in 1659, extending across Boston Neck from Narrow River to Narragansett Bay. In "Waves of Blue, Waves of Green: The Southern R.I. Farms of Historic New England," Jane Hennedy, Southern Rhode Island Site Manager at Historic New England, will trace centuries of changes to the land and compare Casey Farm to its sister, Watson Farm across the West Passage in Jamestown. Their shared mission of historic preservation, landscape conservation, producing local food, and innovative educational programs comes through when following the seasonal rhythms of the farms in pictures and stories.
For more information: Call 401 783-5344, or E-mail email@example.com
Fall Guided Walks, Updated October 30, 2018
Scott Turner, nature writer for GoLocal Prov, led a walk along the improved path through Canonchet Farm on October 21. Volunteers worked throughout the fall, winter, and early spring to make walking more enjoyable. Scott is knowledgeable and entertaining as he discovers beauty, humor, and inspiration in the forest.
On Sunday, October 28 Lorén Spears, Executive Director of Tomaquag Museum, led a walk along the trail exploring how the Narragansett people historically used the resources in the area, how their place names describe features, and what Canonchet Farm can tell us about their history.
She shared the Narragansett life ways that continue today including a bit of the language, culture, and traditions from her first person perspective.
Sunday Afternoon, November 4 from 1:00 to 3:00: Jim Crothers, Director of South County Museum, will lead a walk along the trail at Canonchet Farm exploring evidence of usage of the property from Colonial times to the Governor Sprague era. We will explore an old cemetery, stone bridge over Crooked Brook, salt marsh, and the museum area. We will begin and end at South County Museum, 115 Strathmore Street, Narragansett. All walks are free and open to the public. For information, email Kathie Kelleher at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 401-783-3951.
Sunday Afternoon, November 25, from 1:00 to 3:00: Guided walk led by Kathie Kelleher, president of Friends of Canonchet Farm, a relaxing stroll through this beautiful natural area. Bring a friend or family member and just enjoy a few moments away from the hustle and bustle of this active season. Join Kathie in the Ann Hoxsie Lane parking lot directly across from the Narragansett Town Beach South Pavilion, 39 Boston Neck Road (Route 1A). All walks are free and open to the public. For information, email Kathie Kelleher at email@example.com or call 401-783-3951.
Improving the Canonchet Farm Trail
In October, Friends of Canonchet Farm volunteers returned to working along the Canonchet Farm Trail, removing invasive vegetation and making the trail safer and more enjoyable. The work continues every Saturday (whether permitting through the spring, when work shifts back to restoration of the area along Lake Canonchet and Little Neck Pond.
- Read Alan Woodmansee's description of the project as a URI Master Gardener Direct Education Project in an article adapted from from the Master Gardener newsletter.
Please meet at the Friends of Canonchet Farm trailer located on the grounds of the South County Museum at the end of Strathmore Street, which is off Kingstown Road in Narragansett. We will gather at 9 a.m. and walk to the area of the trail where we will be removing privet, multiflora rose, bittersweet and other invasive plants.
As always, we provide tools, snacks, drinks, gloves, instruction and fun. You'll meet wonderful people who share your concern for the preservation and improvement of Canonchet Farm. For more information, contact Kathie Kelleher at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guided Walks at Canonchet Farm, Posted February 28, 2018, Updated April 9, 2018
With Tim Cranston, Sunday afternoon, April 22
Join us on Sunday afternoon, April 22, from 1:00 to 3:00 when local historian Tim Cranston searches for changes made to the land by former users and owners of Canonchet Farm.
Tim has a wealth of knowledge of the history of South County which he has been sharing for many years through articles and presentations.
Please meet Tim in the Ann Hoxsie Lane parking lot directly across from the Narragansett Town Beach South Pavilion on Boston Neck Road (Route 1A.) This guided walk, cosponsored by Friends of Canonchet Farm and the Narragansett Historical Society, is free and open to the public.
For more information, call 401 783-3951
With Scott Turner, Saturday afternoon, May 19 from 1:00 to 3:00
Don't miss Scott Turner, nature writer for the Providence Journal, as he leads a walk along the improved path through Canonchet Farm. Scott is knowledgeable and entertaining as he discovers beauty, humor and inspiration in the forest. And, volunteers will have been working throughout the fall, winter, and early spring to make walking more enjoyable.
Please meet Scott in the Ann Hoxsie Lane parking lot directly across from the Narragansett Town Beach South Pavilion on Boston Neck Road (Route 1A).
With Beth Laliberte, Sunday afternoon, June 3 from 1:00 to 3:00
Please join us for a walk along the Geology Trail with URI professor and popular lecturer Beth Laliberte. Beth, who has a Ph.D. in Geological Oceanography from the URI Graduate School of Oceanography and a B.A. in Geology from Smith College, will point out out effects of glaciers that passed over this area in the distant past.
Please meet Beth in the South County Museum parking lot at the end of Strathmore Street off of Kingstown Road, Narragansett.
For dates and times, and for additional walks throughout the year. Or better yet, send us an e-mail so we can place your e-mail on our events address.