Waterman--Winsor Farm - Smithfield RI
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member nomadwillie
N 41° 52.944 W 071° 33.738
19T E 287398 N 4639893
Quick Description: The earliest part of the house may have been constructed in the early eighteenth century as early as 1710, and it may have been the original home of "Colonel Abraham Winsor (1720-1798).
Location: Rhode Island, United States
Date Posted: 5/15/2020 7:11:26 AM
Waymark Code: WM12F8P
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 1

Long Description:
One of the first owners of the farm was likely Resolved Waterman (1703-1746), a grandson of Resolved Waterman (1638-1670) and Mercy Williams, a daughter of Roger Williams. Waterman acquired 600 acres of farmland surrounding this property, and he also operated a tavern nearby in the center of the village of Greenville to which the historic Smithfield Exchange Bank branch was later attached.

The Waterman–Winsor Farm House contains a main part and a rear gambrel ell, which may have been moved to the site from elsewhere. The earliest part of the house may have been constructed in the early eighteenth century as early as 1710, and it may have been the original home of "Colonel Abraham Winsor (1720-1798). The other parts of the building may have been constructed circa 1774-1780 by Capt. Andrew Waterman, Resolved Waterman's son. In the late nineteenth century, the farm was known as Maplewood Orchard because of the row of seventeen sugar maple trees which William Waterman Winsor planted during the Civil War in 1863 and which still survive today. The farm was the largest apple orchard in the state around the turn of the twentieth century under Thomas Winsor and produced apples for over 100 years into the mid-twentieth century until the surrounding land was sold for suburban developments of ranch houses. The house remained in the Waterman and Winsor families until 1975 when Stanley Winsor sold the Winsor Farm and, all that remained was 1.85 acres of the original 600 acres of land with the house and remaining outbuildings.

Source: (visit link)
Street address:
79 Austin Ave.
Smithfield , RI


County / Borough / Parish: Providence

Year listed: 1980

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering

Periods of significance: 1750-1799, 1700-1749

Historic function: Agriculture/Subsistence,Domestic

Current function: Domestic

Privately owned?: yes

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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