Preserving our rich heritage
NORTH SMITHFIELD HERITAGE ASSOCIATION
Our organization is a fully volunteer, non-profit charity, founded in 1970, that works to preserve and promote the culture, heritage and history of North Smithfield, Rhode Island.
What We Do
Promote, Collect, Preserve and Restore Our Town Heritage
Members preserve our town heritage through public education, collection of documents, photographs and artifacts pertinent to the town of North Smithfield, as well as restoration of historic town buildings and locations. The Association collects displays and stores many historic artifacts in the Forestdale School.
Consider a donation or a loan of an item to the NSHA or let us scan them into our database so we can share them with future generations. Volunteers open the building for the public Thursday and Saturday, 2nd & 3rd week of each month. Contact us at to arrange an appointment.
Our Restoration Projects
Historic Cemetery Restoration
Artifacts and Relics
Members collect, catalogue and preserve artifacts of all kinds related to the town's heritage to include Letters, photos, books and antiques. We continue to scan and upload photos and letters to our website for public viewing.
We urge residents to donate or loan historic photos, documents, artifacts or relics for display at the School House or on our web page. We can scan or photograph loaned items for our archives.
Our library contains a complete original set of James Arnold's 19th century "Vital Record of Rhode Island" as well as other reference books.
NSHA volunteers work to locate, clear and maintain 60 Historic Cemeteries in town. Many of these cemeteries are abandoned and terribly overgrown with trees, brush and weeds. Once cleared, the group inventories the burials and repairs broken and fallen stones. Their work restores dignity to burial grounds of many of our town’s settling families.
We urge you to maintain the area around one grave once a year. Contact us at or 401-447-6394 for more information.
Heritage Hall (the former Union Grange #13), is now a community center, at 101 Greene Street. Members restored much of the building in the past few years. We plan to repaint the entire building, replace the shutters and rebuild the steeple that blew off in the 1938 hurricane.
We rent the upper and lower halls to the public with round or long tables of 8-10 . The upper hall seats 100 and costs $225 for the day. The lower hall seats 50 - 60 people and costs $125.
Contact: Jeanne at 401-447-1801
Louise at 401-769-8177
Located at 190 School Street, the schoolhouse was originally opened in 1877. It’s now the NSHA headquarters and artifact repository. The school and grounds are designated as a town Historic District.
Members plan to replace the roof and restore the siding, moldings, windows and clapboard as well as install handicapped access and a fire alarm. Once the exterior is restored, we plan to restore the interior.
Open to the public Thu and Sat or by appointment to view artifacts and relics.
"We eat the elephant one bite at a time!
How You Can Help Us
Become a Member Today
Our membership currently stands at 135. We need more to help with our important work. Annual dues are only $10; students are free! Please click on the icon to print an application. Mail it to NS Heritage Assn, P.O. Box 413, Slatersville, RI 02876.
As a member, you will receive our monthly email updates and attend our activities at no charge.
Come lend a hand! We rely on volunteers for everything we do. Help to collect and archive artifacts; restore and maintain our buildings and cemeteries; plan programs and activities; fundraise and write grants; promote our town heritage.
We make a point to have fun. Members as well as non-members who can pitch in to help from time time immediately enjoy our camaraderie and good humor.
Do your community service project with us! Call Rich Keene at 401-447-6394.
We must raise revenues to pay all the utility and maintenance expenses for two buildings as well as to conduct our restoration activities. Please donate generously to allow us to preserve our Town's Heritage. Once we lose part of it, it's gone forever.
We are IRS 501 c (3) certified. Make a tax deductible donation payable to “N.S. Heritage Association”. Mail to P.O. Box 413, Slatersville, RI 02876. Include a return address or email address and the treasurer will send an immediate acknowledgement letter.
Add the North Smithfield Heritage Association to your estate.