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NARRAGANSETT - The South County museum recently celebrated its 80th anniversary of preserving the history and heritage of rural and coastal life in Southern Rhode Island.
Founded in 1933, South County Museum (SCM) was not always at its present location within Canonchet Farm. The museum was originally housed in a barn in Wickford and then moved to its current location in 1985.
Before the museum, Canonchet Farm was the home of the 12th governor of Rhode Island, William Sprague and his wife Kate Chase. Although the mansion burned to the ground in 1909, the museum still incorporates history on the William Sprague Family.
Jim Crothers, SCM director, said that the museum is a research and educational institution for all ages. Crothers began his involvement with SCM as a volunteer blacksmith in the mid 1980s and has been the director for seven years.
âI grew an interest in learning how to blacksmith because I was curious and then once I began to volunteer at the museum I just got more and more involved,â said Crothers. âAnd so I loved it and kept on working my way up and this is my seventh year as director and I still love it.â
Crothers said that although SCM had an 80th birthday bash at the end of June, the members of the museum are brainstorming ideas for more celebrations in the future.
âWe are really happy to be celebrating 80 years and we hope to have many more to come,â said Crothers. âOur main goal now is to get people to appreciate all of what we have going on, young and old. Our main objective is for the museum and the Canonchet grounds to become almost a hub of the South County Community.â
Learn more about the museum at www.southcountymuseum.org.