SMITHFIELD, RI — Take a step back in time and learn to weave using a hand loom at the Smith-Appleby House in Smithfield, RI, on Sunday, August 9, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
All ages are welcome to join the free “Learn to Weave with Hand Looms” workshop to learn a once-common skill of days gone by. Participants will take home their finished project as a useful souvenir — their own woven bookmark. The workshop is free.
After the workshop, you’re invited to tour the rooms and exhibits of the Smith-Appleby House, which dates to 1696. It was built by Elisha Smith, the grandson of John Smith “The Miller,” a member of Roger Williams’ original party of six men who left the Massachusetts Bay Colony to settle in Providence. Expanded from its original construction as a one-room stone-ender cottage, the delicately restored 12-room historic farmhouse features beautiful cabinet work, varied architectural designs, original stencils, and furnished rooms showcasing an intriguing collection of antiques. For tours of the house, the adult admission is $5; children are free.
The Smith-Appleby House is located at 220 Stillwater Road in Smithfield, RI, just off I-295.
The historic Smith-Appleby House is owned and operated by the Historical Society of Smithfield, RI, as a living museum hosting a variety of educational activities, programs, and events throughout the year. Group tours are available for schools, scouts, and other community organizations. The House and property, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, are also available to rent for private events. For more information, visit the website at http://www.smithapplebyhouse.org. Follow the Smith-Appleby House on Facebook at http://facebook.com/SmithApplebyHouse and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/SmithAppleby.