Quonochontaug Historical Society

About These Oral Histories

Since the mid 90’s, we have been recording the oral histories of some of the residents of Quonnie in order to preserve their stories.

NOTE: We have many oral histories available at our Archive & Research Center.  For further information, email Anne Doyle, Archivist at: archivist@quonochontaughistoricalsociety.org.

Dick Hutchins

    Dick was the youngest brother of the Hutchins family and grew up in Quonochontaug from the age of four.  His parents moved here in 1937 from Foster, RI to manage a farm for  Dr. Swanson of Shelter Harbor.   In 1937 the farm was located on the south side of the Old Post Road opposite what is now “Galapagos”.  Their farmhouse was moved to its present location (western corner of Route 1 and West Beach Road) in the early 1940’s when the new Route 1 was constructed.  Here it was named “East and West Farm”. 

     To listen, click on Dick’s photo and enjoy. This will take you to a separate page on YouTube.

    Please see photos of the farm in the Photo Albums Section.

    This oral history was taped in 1999.  There are a few scratchy segments because of the tape.  We hope you will enjoy learning about life on a Quonochontaug farm through all the seasons.

Anne Doyle

February 21, 2011