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Roger Williams National Memorial

282 North Main St., Providence, RI RI 02903 (College Hill)
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Ranked #30 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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English first
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268 reviews 268 reviews
90 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

The entire city of Providence exists to pay homage to Rober Williams. A short visit here to see the 5 minute movie and get any questions answered by the ranger on duty sets it in your mind. Do visit this most beautiful and sleeper city-well worth it. There is 2 hour parking available here

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

This memorial consists of a small park and a tinny visitor center with few information. It's not interesting and it is not worth a detour. If you are in this area, pass by and take a quick look (15 minutes is already enough).

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185 reviews 185 reviews
101 attraction reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 via mobile

There is a junior ranger program here for kids and a great chance to stretch your legs in a nice little park while learning some history. The 5 minute overview video was very well done and we enjoyed learning all about Roger William's way of thinking. The rangers here were awesome!

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Charlotte, NC
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153 reviews 153 reviews
97 attraction reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

My wife and I visited this memorial while touring downtown Providence and was happy we did so. We like visiting areas maintained by the National Park Service so we specifically looked for this one. It is a relatively small location as the visitors center only shows a 5 minute video. But it does give you a good opportunity to learn... More

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Sanibel Island, Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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285 attraction reviews
460 helpful votes 460 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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37 reviews 37 reviews
26 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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68 reviews 68 reviews
42 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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
21 helpful votes 21 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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82 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 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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