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Roger Williams National Memorial

282 North Main St., Providence, RI RI 02903 (College Hill)
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Ranked #32 of 66 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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New York City, New York
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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152 reviews 152 reviews
79 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 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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724 reviews 724 reviews
343 attraction reviews
246 helpful votes 246 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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71 reviews 71 reviews
27 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 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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66 reviews 66 reviews
48 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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180 reviews 180 reviews
140 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 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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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2012

If you are interested in the early colonial years of RI, this spot is worth a stop. The grounds are pleasant and the interior gives you a view into the history of the Providence of the late 1600s - it's interesting to put into the context of the Providence of today because so many historic homes still exist. The National... More

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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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78 reviews 78 reviews
42 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2012

Our family is attempting to visit every National Park in the country and get the stamps in our Passport book. This is listed as the only National Park in RI, though the name states Memorial. Regardless, this is the only one in the smallest state and provided for a great day. I first read about the park in the Buddy... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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202 reviews 202 reviews
67 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2012

There are small art projects that pop up from RISD over time and lots of school groups visit. The food trucks stop by on fridays so its a nice place to get lunch when sunny and warm outside.

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Rhode Island
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54 reviews 54 reviews
28 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2011

This little park is the site of the first settlement in Rhode Island. The visitors' center illuminates the history of the founding of Rhode Island and the importance of the principles of founder Roger Williams in influencing American thought. Without Roger Williams, we wouldn't be who we are today. This year has been a year of amazing programs in honor... More

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