Colonial Holiday Open House Tours

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Colonial Holiday Open House Tours featuring festive seasonal activities and decorations will be held in December at the historic Smith-Appleby House Museum in Smithfield, RI.

The events will include tours, treats, and music. Visitors will enjoy a cup of hot cider while viewing demonstrations of hearthside cooking. Historic interpreters in Colonial period dress will lead tours of the 17th century farmhouse, which is decorated for the Holidays from parlor to attic. Traditional music will be provided by Everett Brown.

The Smith-Appleby House was originally built circa 1696 by Elisha Smith as a one-room stone-ender with a loft. Smith was the grandson of John Smith “The Miller,” one of Roger Williams’ original party of six men who left the Massachusetts Bay Colony to settle in Providence. The House was expanded by later generations of the family to 12 rooms, and is today one of only a few remaining 17th century houses in Rhode Island. The House features a variety of original furnishings, designs, and exhibits.

The Holiday Open House Tours are scheduled for Saturday, December 22, and Saturday, December 29. Both will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Admission is $5 and visitors are asked to dress warmly.

The Smith-Appleby House Museum is located at 220 Stillwater Road in Smithfield, RI, just off I-295. For more information, visit the website at or call 401-231-7363. The House is headquarters to the Historical Society of Smithfield, RI.