Quonochontaug Historical Society


Missed a summer program?

View recordings of the following programs.

Howard Thorp (1889-1969)

Presenter: Steve Young (QHS - BOD)

In the 1920’s, Howard Thorp acquired the land which would become much of the present day Quonnie.  Learn about his vision of the perfect seaside community.

Video of the above presentation 

Nuclear Energy and Ninigret Park

Presenter: Art Ganz  (Marine Biologist)

Learn how the Charlestown Naval Airbase almost became a nuclear power plant and the environmental impacts of nuclear energy.

Video of the above presentation 


Rhode Island and Aquaculture

Presenter: Jerry Schubel  (President Emeritus of the Aquarium of the Pacific)

Discover ways in which the oceans can contribute to society without causing environmental degradation and how aquaculture can thread the needle.

Video of the above presentation 

Annual Meeting

The Quonnie Breachway Pre-1938

(Repeated program from 2019) 

A brief Annual Meeting was followed by a previously recorded program The Quonnie Breachway Pre-1938 with a live Q&A session.

Video of the above presentation 

“Reflections of Quonnie”  

featuring the photographs of 

Bob Petrone 


A new QHS Exhibit spotlighting the photographs of Bob Petrone is now on display in the downstairs hall of the Quonnie Grange.

Bob’s  latest video of the Quonnie area is now available online at:


A special thank you for all Bob has done for QHS.

2022 Membership 


Please consider becoming a 2022 member of the Quonochontaug Historical Society.    Your membership will help support our organization’s unique historical work in the Quonnie community.   


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The Society is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to recording and preserving the history of Quonochontaug Neck in Charlestown, Rhode Island.  Please explore this website to learn more about the history of this wonderful area.