Smith-Appleby House Museum 

Historical Society of Smithfield 

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    Thank you for visiting the Smith-Appleby House Museum website.  The museum is owned and operated by the Historical Society of Smithfield, a registered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization.

     We are a volunteer organization dedicated to maintaining the museum and its grounds, as well as collecting and preserving documents and photographs pertaining to local history to be used for education and research purposes.  A large portion of our archival materials can be found under “Smithfield History” on this website.  This is an ongoing process and new materials are frequently added.      

     The Smith-Appleby House began as a one-room stone-ender with a loft above, built (circa 1696), 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 start the colony of Providence, Rhode Island, in 1636.  Additions and modifications to the house were made over the years to accommodate the needs of the family, the last addition being made circa 1830.   

     This delicately restored and furnished farm house features beautiful cabinet work and an intriguing antique collection. A unique feature is the smoke room on the second floor — serviced by the huge fireplace in the keeping room. The House is on the National Register of Historic Places and has received the “Footprints in History” Award from the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council. The history of the House and Property has been chronicled by historian Jim Ignasher.

Visit us!  The Smith-Appleby House Museum is open for tours during scheduled events, or tours may be arranged (for individuals or groups) upon request. Contact us!


The restored barn on the Smith-Appleby House property



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