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Roger Williams National Memorial

282 North Main St., Providence, RI RI 02903 (College Hill)
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Ranked #26 of 70 Attractions in Providence
Type: Historic Sites, Tourist/ Visitor Centers
Description: This memorial celebrates the life of Rhode Island founder Roger Williams, who ushered in the first government with religious freedom for all.
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Sanibel Island, Florida
17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

John McNiff of the National Park Service makes this smallest of the National Parks (and the only one in Little Rhody) come alive with his ability to talk about Roger Williams, the topography of early Providence, the inter-relationships with the Narragansett Indians, the entire history of the first 60-70 years of the Mass Bay Colony and the settlers of Rhode... More

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Toronto, Canada
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277 attraction reviews
426 helpful votes 426 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Roger Williams is a monumental 17th century leader that few Americans have heard of. Not only was he the founding father of a Rhode Island but his fervent belief in the separation of church and state directly led to the 1st amendment of the constitution. The small visitor's center (free admission) provides a glimpse at the background and achievements of... More

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Howell, New Jersey
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32 reviews 32 reviews
22 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We stopped here after our visit to capitol as it is only a few blocks away. Nice park with plenty of shade. Small little museum. Park ranger was very helpful with things to do and see in Providence.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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65 reviews 65 reviews
42 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014 via mobile

It's a very small park and museum but a good place to stop to see where it all started and learn a bit about Roger Williams, the founder of Rhode Island. The ranger in the museum was very helpful and they have a short informative film and some displays that give you an overview of why Williams founded RI and... More

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New York City, New York
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

Thank you so much. I live in Cranston, RI so not far away. But, i have to say the knowledgeable staff is amazing. I am a descendant of our founder. i was very impressed. Thank you so much. They also have a great selection books. Check it out.

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Boston, MA
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158 reviews 158 reviews
82 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

Right in the middle of two main streets does not make this the greatest place to relax and hang out. It is nice to have more green space in Providence, and it is well kempt, but don't go out of your way to go here!

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Los Angeles, California
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404 attraction reviews
354 helpful votes 354 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012 via mobile

Visited here after a statehouse tour. Fascinating story we only learned a part of in school. Helpful rangers, good film, and a great junior ranger program for kids. Take the walk through the park, too, as well as around town and see where Roger Williams left his mark.

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North Shore, MA
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92 reviews 92 reviews
36 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012 via mobile

My husband and I recently made our first visit to the Roger Williams National Memorial in Providence.  The Memorial consists of a park and a small Visitors Center.  I believe it is located on the site of Williams’ first settlement in Rhode Island after being banished from the Massachusetts Bay colony, but the site seems more commemorative than historic.  The... More

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Newport News, Virginia
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82 reviews 82 reviews
60 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

The park is attached to the memorial building is very nice and shady. It's like an oasis in the middle of the city. We stopped there and ate lunch as there were several picnic tables with benches. The memorial is free, but you can make a donation. The ranger there had a lot of information about Roger Williams and was... More

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Los Angeles
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209 reviews 209 reviews
158 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2012

Its a nice little park, with a nice visitors center but theres not alot to see. Take a book and enjoy the lawns

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