Smithville Seminary - Scituate RI
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member nomadwillie
N 41° 50.048 W 071° 34.990
19T E 285505 N 4634587
Quick Description: The Smithville Seminary was a Freewill Baptist institution established in 1839.
Location: Rhode Island, United States
Date Posted: 5/15/2020 9:26:21 AM
Waymark Code: WM12F9K
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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Long Description:
The Smithville Seminary was a Freewill Baptist institution established in 1839 on what is now Institute Lane in Smithville-North Scituate, Rhode Island. Renamed the Lapham Institute in 1863, it closed in 1876. The site was then used as the campus of the Pentecostal Collegiate Institute and later the Watchman Institute, and is now the Scituate Commons apartments.

The buildings on the knoll were built in 1839 and comprised a large three-story central building with columns and two wings. The wings, with 33 rooms each, were separated by 20 feet from the main building and connected to it via two-story covered passageways. The central building housed classrooms, offices, staff apartments, and dining facilities, a library and reading room on the second floor, and a large room on the third floor which might serve as a chapel, while the other two buildings served as separate male and female dormitories.

Source: (visit link)
Street address:
Institute Lane
Scituate , ri


County / Borough / Parish: Providence

Year listed: 1978

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

Periods of significance: 1875-1899, 1850-1874, 1825-1849

Historic function: Education,Religion

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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