Come one, come all!

We have a lot going on in June!  The new Richmond Historic Cemetery Book is completed.   A limited number of books, based on the orders taken, were printed.

According to Dory Wagner, member of the Historic Cemetery Commission,” Lorraine Arruda’s  research and  headstone recordings are flawless perfection. Laurie has also included some genealogy in the book.

On Saturday, June 16, 2008, Lauri was  at the Bell School, for a book signing.  Additionally, on July 14, 2018, 9 am – noon, Laurie will again be at the Bell School for a book signing.

Lauri Arruda book signing June 16, 2018

*Note: On September 16, 2018, 2-4 pm, Lauri is due to speak about the book, at the Chapel at Wood River.


Additionally, the  Annual Meeting  of the Richmond  Historical  Society will be held Thursday Evening, June 21, 2018.  This will take place in the Meeting Room of the Clark Library, Carolina, RI.

The purpose of the meeting is for the election of new officers and  board members for the coming year.  Reports of activity for this past year, along with  planning for upcoming events, will be discussed.  We welcome new members and all ideas.

If you are interested in joining us, please print out and complete the membership application.



Also, the Memorial Day theme was used in the display case at the Bell School during the month of May.


This has now been replaced with cemetery documents to reflect the theme of the book signing:

Cemetery Display June, 2018 (9)

We hope to increase the docents in order to open the school on a more regular basis.


American Pickers is coming to our area

American Pickers, viewed on the History Channel,  will soon be visiting our area.  According to an e-mail we received, they are “ looking for large unique collections, interesting multi-generational family properties, or anywhere the guys can spend the better part of a day picking good stuff, get in touch with us ASAP! Sorry, no retail shops or single items.

Please make sure people who have one of a kind items to sell reach out to us on our phone number 1-855-OLD-RUST (653-7878), or our email, which is Mike and Frank only pick private collections so no stores, malls, flea markets, museums, auctions, businesses or anything open to the public. 

Clark Library

We are fortunate for the generosity of Clark Library in allowing us to use some of their space for our archives.  It has proven to be an asset for us both.

In 1979 funds were raised for the “new” building, which presently houses both the library and our archives.  The past twenty nine years has taken its toll on the building.   Things begin to wear out.  As a result there have been a number of challenges to the staff in its maintenance.

New Clark Library

Eleanor Smith, one of the  founders of the Richmond Historical Society (and mother of our archivist), left us a mountain of newspaper clippings.  It is an ongoing project to sort through these.  She is pictured here in 1987 commemorating a special anniversary at the library.

Clark Library 100th Anniversary

In 1990 we have a captioned news photo of volunteers getting ready for a book sale.   These continue to be part of Clark’s fund raising.

Clark Library Book Sale

During one of those quieter days when there was time for “the clippings”.  To my amazement, one  was  a youthful picture of one of our archivists doing a project at the library in 1992.

Kate Desrochiers


As we begin 2018, it seems like a good time to both recognize and thank our benefactor, Clark Library, and to share part of our genealogy.


The holidays are all about cooking!

Or so it was in 1995, when the Richmond Historical Society published its’ one and only cookbook titled “Down Country Cookin”.


The news article is accurate in the fact that this book contains a lot of additional historical information.  I believe there are still a few faded copies available for sale at the Bell School House and Archives located at Clark Library.

Teacher’s Bell Acquisition

We recently acquired a teacher’s bell we were told, by the donor, was used at the Bell School.  According to the donor, her grandmother, who was an avid antique collector, always represented this as being used at the School.  She further stated her grandmother kept meticulous records and she feels the authenticity is true.

The bell now resides, along with other similar objects, in Bell School.

Teacher Bell Oct. 2017 (2)

Everything has a story………

So the story begins:

On June 26, 1850 Thankful Lillibridge and Deborah Lillibridge “for an inconsideration of Six Dollars….Said Lot of Land Being Purchased by the Inhabitants of Said Town (of Richmond) for the Purpose of Building a Publick Town house on the Same to hold Town Meetings Town Councils and Courts of Probate in the same forever………”

(This land was part of a farm owned by the Lillibridge family.   Meadowburg is still a working farm and presently owned by the Kenyon Family.)

At this point in time, Richmond had been a Town for a little over 100 years.  A town house was built on the property and used for the purposes as laid out in the original deed. 

In 1883 the Town House needed repairs.  John L. Kenyon, Halsey P. Clarke, and N. K. Church were appointed to form a committee to “ascertain the practibility and probable cost of a new building…….”  They reported that “the gable ends are gradualy working in & that a part of the North side & Northwest Corner we belive to be unsafe….”  They provided an estimate of $1200 for a new building, 40’ x 28’ to be placed upon a stone foundation.

So the story continues:

At a Town Meeting held November 4, 1884, it was voted to build a shed on the Town Hall Lot.

On December 1, 1885, Nelson K. Church,  “Quitclaim…the Town of Richmond…a certain tract or parcel of land…conveyed for the use of the public for the purpose of having placed thereon that part of the Town shed…”

If “…said portion of said shed…should be removed therefrom then this Deed shall become null and void…and the above conveyed land shall immediately revert to the said grantor his heirs and assignes forever…”

In 1993 the fate of the carriage shed was in question as there was an order to raze the building.

Carriage Shed 001

Michael Feraco, the new building and zoning official abolished the order and a needs assessment committee was formed.

Carriage Shed 002

The rest of the story….

The Richmond Town Hall is still located on the land deeded to the Town in 1850.  The carriage shed just a memory………


What is in your closet, attic, basement or yard?????

According to Pat and Dick Millar,  these arrowheads were found while plowing an alfalfa field.   The land, on Hillsdale Road and Route 138 was purchased by the House family in 1912, when they moved from Chatham, Connecticut.   Pat’s mother. Eleanor House, grew up on that farm and later married Earl Smith, whose family moved  from Providence in 1911, to a farm further up on Hillsdale.

According to James Turak, chairman on the Richmond Conservation Commission, an archeologist,  from viewing the photo, has provided a preliminary description of the arrowheads:

The top left point is a quartzite Squibnocket Triangle-Late Archaic- 5,000- 3,000 years old.
Top middle is a quartz Squibnocket stemmed point.  Also Late Archaic- 5,000-3,000 years.
Top right is possibly a quartzite  Wading River point.  Late Archaic to Woodland- 4,000- 2,500 years.
Bottom left is a rhyolite Otter Creek style scraping tool/ knife.  Late Archaic- 6,000-5,000 years.
Bottom middle is a rhyolite Lamoka point.  Late Archaic – 5,000-3,000 years. Relatively scarce in this area- many more in New York.
Bottom right is  rhyolite Otter Creek projectile point.  Late Archaic -6,000- 5,000 years.

The Conservation Commission is presently working on information plaques to be placed along the Richmond Heritage Trail and are considering including photos of these arrowheads.

We welcome sharing items such as this, and other things in our collection, along with their story.