Spring 2024

Invasive Plants in
Canonchet Farm

View Canonchet
Farm Video

Plans for the
Linear Park


Map of Canonchet Farm Property

Trail Map


Trail Map


Trail Guide

Watch a short film on Habitat Restoration at Lake Canonchet

On Protecting Canonchet #1
The Master Plan

On Protecting Canonchet #2
Appropriate Uses

On Protecting Canonchet #3
Management of the Park

On Protecting Canonchet #4
Finance Issues


Cleanup at Lake Canonchet
September 10, 2011

Charlie Lee Remembrance
February 6, 2011

Canonchet History
Who was Canonchet?
by Richard Vangermeersch

Canonchet Farm Master Plan
Town Council Holds Workshop on Planning Board Report

Our Response
October 21, 2010

Our Vision and Recommendations for Canonchet Farm
April 2009

Guided Walks Fall 2010

Beech Grove Cleanup Complete
Cleanup - Day 4
October 31, 2009

Beech Grove
Cleanup - Day 2
October 9, 2009

Tom Wessels
Guided Walk
October 10, 2009

Other Links
Narrow River Preservation Association

South County Museum

On Pettaquamscutt 2023

Narragansett Chamber of Commerce


Posted May 13, 2024

See our Spring 2024 Newsletter.

Posted May 3, 2024; May 13, 2024

Thank you to all who participated in the walk and gathering
at the South County Museum on Saturday, May 11
to remember Kathie Kelleher.
It was a wonderful event!


Posted April 9, 2024

Eagle Scout Garret Murray Builds
a Bridge at Canonchet


(left) 9:00 a.m. a portion of a deteriorated boardwalk
on the Canonchet Farm Trail;
(right) 3:00 p.m. Garret Murray stands by a sturdy
replacement built under his leadership.

On Saturday, April 6, Eagle Scout candidate Garrett Murray of Narragansett led a group of scouts and dedicated parents in a long-needed and much anticipated effort to replace the old and deteriorating boardwalk along the Canonchet Farm Trail just east of the main vernal pond. The group began before 9:00 a.m. and wound up the work just after 3:00. Some segments of the old boardwalk have been salvaged and will be showing up along the trail in some of its notorious wet spots that currently do not have boardwalks to keep walkers out of the mud. We applaud and thank Garrett, his dad, Patrick Murray, and all the other folks who contributed to this community effort. And congratulations to Garrett, Narragansett's newest Eagle Scout!


Garret's crew at work on the boardwalk and then join him for a photo op.

Posted March 13, 2024; Updated April 5, 2024

Four Guided Walks for Spring 2024

Saturday, April 13, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. (New Date)

The Naturalist Explores Amphibian Life
in Canonchet’s Vernal Pools

You won’t want to miss this afternoon talk and walk with noted science writer and environmental educator Bruce Fellman. We’ll start with an introductory talk inside South County Museum in Narragansett, followed by a walk to the vernal pools. While there are no guarantees as to what we’ll find, if you’ve explored with Bruce before, you know you can count on an entertaining and very informative experience.

Our walks are open to all ages, and school-age children (8 to 12 years) will especially enjoy this one!

Flashlights for looking into shaded pools and rubber boots might be a good idea. This guided walk is sponsored by Friends of Canonchet Farm and is free and open to the public. For more details and to register, click on this Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bruce-fellman-explores-amphibian-life-in-canonchets-vernal-pools-tickets-861146701967.

Saturday, April 20, 10:00 a.m.

Canonchet Farm: A Tale of Money, Power,
and the Public Good with Jim Crothers

Jim Crothers, former Executive Director of the South County Museum (and accomplished blacksmith!) brings a wealth of knowledge and interesting anecdotes to tell the story of Canonchet Farm. He’ll begin with the Narragansett Indians, colonial times, and take us through to the present day preservation of this woodlands treasure we have in the heart of Narragansett. Along the way, we’ll learn the changes made to the land by former users and owners.

Meet inside the South County Museum's Metz Building, 115 Strathmore Street in Narragansett. This is a rain or shine event and is sponsored by Friends of Canonchet Farm. It is free and open to the public. For more details and to register for this event, click on this Eventbrite link: 

Saturday, May 18, 10:00 a.m.

Avian Life at Canonchet Farm with
Lauren Parmelee

The Audubon Society of Rhode Island comes to Canonchet Farm! Meet us inside the South County Museum’s Metz Building for a brief introductory talk, followed by a birding hike on our trails. Lauren Parmelee, Audubon’s Senior Director of Education, will share her vast knowledge of local birds and tips for learning how to identify them.

Bring binoculars if you have them or borrow a pair from Audubon. This guided walk is sponsored by Friends of Canonchet Farm and is free and open to the public. For more details and to register for this event, click on this Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/avian-life-at-canonchet-farm-tickets-861797548667.

Saturday, May 25, 10:00 a.m.

Silvermoon LaRose: Native American Heritage and Sustainability in Canonchet

We are delighted to host Silvermoon LaRose, Assistant Director of the Tomaquag Museum. For thousands of years, the Narragansett Tribe hunted, fished, gathered and farmed this area. She will share history, culture and traditional ecological knowledge. Her particular focus on this walk will be the ways Narragansetts revered and still practice sustainable use of the land.

Silvermoon will meet us and begin our walk at the South County Museum parking lot. This guided walk is sponsored by Friends of Canonchet Farm and is free and open to the public. For more details and to register for this event, click on this Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/native-american-heritage-and-sustainability-in-canonchet-tickets-861813275707

Posted February 15, 2024

Remembering Kathie Kelleher

Kathie Kelleher, founding member of the Friends of Canonchet Farm and a long-time Trustee, who served as President, Secretary and leader of numerous FOCF projects from guided walks to habitat restoration, died on February 14 at the age of 83. Kathie was an ardent champion of the environment, a tireless volunteer, and a true friend and colleague who will be sorely missed.


Click here to read Kathie's obituary.

Posted January, 3, 2024; Updated February 1 and March 1, 2024

March 24: History of the Watershed in Maps and Aerial Photos

Peter Stetson, President of Education Mapping Service, will show us interactive GIS mapping centered on the South County Museum and the Narrow River Watershed, and their history through aerial photography.

Click the Register button to reserve a seat at the March 24 presentation.


More information about the On Pettaquamscutt Winter Speaker Series

See the Friends of Canonchet Farm Home Page in 2023.

See our Fall 2023 Newsletter.

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.


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.


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.

photo by Bill Krul

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.

Glacial Erratic

Map of Canonchet Farm
Shows trail heads and points of interest
For more information about the Friends of Canonchet Farm,
email Tom Hoagland (tom.hoagland963@gmail.com).
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Last modified: May 13, 2024