Quonochontaug Historical Society

Videos 2

(with a look inside the old “Q” Inn)

Click on this Link for a 37 minute video of Stephen Jones’ presentation made by QHS Member, Bob Petrone.

When possible, video recordings of some of our programs will appear on our website.  Please check back from time to time as we  hope to add more videos to our collection.

Click on this Link for a video of the presentation made by QHS Member, Bob Petrone.

“Growing Up on Quonnie’s East and West Farm

Program Presenter: Dick Hutchins

Stephen Jones, Author/Lecturer

For the last 30 years Stephen Jones has been on the Univ. of Conn. maritime faculty where he has taught courses on literature, the environment, and aspects of the sea.  He served in the Coast Guard as a lighthouse keeper, has worked on lobster boats, and sailed the West Indies.  He is the author of ten books including “The Actual McCoy”, an in-depth study of the life and times of rum-runner Bill McCoy.

The Quonochontaug Historical Society presented historic photographic displays as well as an informational presentation about our preservation, cataloguing and computer data base projects.   In addition, residents shared Quonochontaug artifacts and photos.

Click on this Link for a video of the program made by QHS Member, Bob Petrone.

“Ashaway Colony History/Beachwalk”

Listen to the stories told by those who have been part of Quonnie for most of their lives.  Learn more about Quonnie’s past from Phylis Burdick Reynolds, Kate Waterman, Hope Andrews, Ed Sayer, Dick Hutchins,  Charlotte Hohl, and David Brown.

Click on these links for videos of the presentations made by QHS Member, Bob Petrone.

Rocking Chair Quonnie Remembrances , Video #1

Rocking Chair Quonnie Remembrances , Video #2

“Ninigret was at the center of almost every major development involving southern New England indigenous tribes between the Pequot War of 1636-37 and King Philip’s War of 1675-76.  He was the most influential Native American leader of his era in this area” - David J. Silverman and Julie A. Fisher.

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Click on these links for videos of the presentation made by QHS Member, Bob Petrone. Presentation Video Q & A Video

Lecture by authors David J. Silverman and Julie A. Fisher

Rocking Chair Quonnie Remembrances”

Presenters:  Lorraine Tarket-Arruda and Gayle E. Waite, Authors/Lecturers

Laurie and Gayle are researchers of area cemeteries as a part of the Rhode Island Historical Cemetery Transcription Project.  After nine years of research, they have published a beautiful hardcover book entitled “Charlestown, Rhode Island Historical Cemeteries”.  The book contains maps, photos, and information about the family members buried in each cemetery.


Click on these links for videos of the presentations made by QHS Member, Bob Petrone.

Cemetery Searches, Video #1

Cemetery Searches, Video #2

Ed Sayer presented his family photos of their life on East Beach from the early 1900's to the 1960's.  Ed's great-grandparents, grandparents, and father summered on East Beach prior to WWI.  His father purchased Governor's Island in Ninigret Pond in 1934 and created an access to the island from the barrier beach. 

The former officer's club at the naval airbase has recently been restored. For a peek inside the one+ room cottage and to hear the lore of the building and share recollections, chick on the link below.  Thank you, Alex Risley and Holly Schroeder for hosting this event open to all members of QHS!

“Rum-running Along Our Coast”

Enjoy a slide presentation of old Quonnie postcards from our QHS collection presented by our president, Anne Doyle.

What was it like growing up on a farm in Quonnie?   We pass the East and West Farm off Route 1 and West Beach Road every time we come and leave Quonnie.

Click on this Link for a video of the program made by QHS Member, Bob Petrone.

Click on this Link for a video of the presentations made by QHS Member, Bob Petrone.

Click on this Link for a video of the open house made by QHS Member, Bob Petrone.

Ninigret, Sachem of the Niantics and Narragansetts”

Click on this Link for a video of the program made by QHS Member, Bob Petrone.

Have you ever wondered what “ Ashaway Colony” means? Have you ever wondered about the Qunochontaug Inn which now is The Nun’s Retreat Center? Do you know where to find Profile Rock, Turtle Rock, and Picnic Rock?

Click on this Link for a video of the presentations made by QHS Member, Bob Petrone.

“Early 1900 Sayer Family Quonnie History on East Beach”

Presenter: Edmund Sayer

Your Quonnie History Evening”

Listen to the stories told by long-time resident of Quonnie, David Brown.  David first came to Quonnie with his parents in 1926.  He relates stories about his family, the Coast Gurard Station, life on the old breachway, the Pendleton family, Tom Clarke, “Bill’s Island” and so much more.

Quonnie Stories by David Brown”

Postcards of Old Quonnie”

Program Presenter: Anne Doyle

“Open House at the Mite Box”

“Cemetery Searches”