Quonochontaug Historical Society
The Quonnie Breachway Pre - ’38
This presentation explores historical records, oral histories, pictures and and film
to discover how nature and people have changed the course of the breachway and
how this has influenced the past development of the breachway
leading to a unique sense of community before the 1938 Hurricane.
Richard Wells, QHS Board Member
Wednesday, August 21st, 7:00 PM
Quonnie Breachway Marsh Restoration and Dredging Project
an overview of the recent Quonnie Breachway marsh restoration efforts
and the associated dredging operation.
Wenley Ferguson, Director of Habitat Restoration for Save the Bay
Recipient of the 2018 US Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Merit Award, and a
Resident of Quonochontaug's Shady Harbor.
Wednesday, August 14th, 7:00 PM
All About Those Old Stone Walls
Why are hey there?
Who put them there?
What are the history and different characteristics of these artistic stone works?
Timothy Ives, Rhode Island State Archeologist
Wednesday, August 7th, 7:00 PM
The Purple Shell - Traditional Wampum & Native Crafts
The original meaning of wampum and how it is made. His studio,
Presented: Wednesday, July 17th, 7:00 PM
2018 A Year in Pictures
80th Anniversary, Hurricane of 38
What happened at Quonnie then?What could happen now?
Donna Jordan, Anne Doyle,Charlotte Hohl, and Sandra Champion
How to Do an Old Fashion Clam Bake and
Dedication of the Hutchins Community Room”
Dig a hole? Use a Pot? Cover with tarps? Maybe, Maybe not!
And isn't it MORE THAN JUST CLAMS???
Dick Hutchins, and other local experts
World War II in Rhode Island
HELLCATS and blackout shades!! Historian and Author Christian McBurney's discusses
his book, "World War II in Rhode Island". He reviews Little Rhody's high involvement
in support of the War effort and highlight Charlestown area wartime activities.
Christian McBurney, Author
Tour of Barnacle Cottage and History of Morris Point and Patches
Morris Point has its unique place in Quonnie history. The once famous actor Chester
Morris's family built their summer retreat at the east end of West Beach in 1917.
After the 1938 Hurricane, Richie Thomsen's great aunt bought the property.
What remains is Barnacle" (former carriage house/servants quarters) and "Patches"
a little cottage built by the Mogielnicki family from pieces of the original
Morris Point structure.
Richie Thomsen and Peter Mogielnicki
Ashaway Colony History/Beachwalk
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?
Growing Up on Quonnie’s East and West Farm
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.
Postcards of Old Quonnie
Enjoy a slide presentation of old Quonnie postcards from our
QHS collection presented by our president, Anne Doyle.
Ninigret, Sachem of the Niantics and Narragansetts
“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.
Your Quonnie History Evening
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.
Quonnie Stories by David Brown
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.
Rocking Chair Quonnie Remembrances
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.
In two videos
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.
Lorraine Tarket-Arruda and Gayle E. Waite, Authors/Lecturers
In two videos
Rum-running Along Our Coast
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
Early 1900 Sayer Family Quonnie History on East Beach
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.
Open House at the Mite Box
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,
Alex Risley and Holly Schroeder
Videos of Events
Special thanks to Bob Petrone, our videographer for these events