Join us this Wednesday as the Little Compton Historical Society hosts its Annual Meeting at the Little Compton Community Center on August 12 at 7 PM. The public is welcome to attend this free event. A fifteen minute business meeting during which all members will vote for a new slate of officers and board members will be followed by a talk by our Managing Director Marjory O’Toole on the sometimes surprising stories recently revealed through the histories of nine of Little Compton’s antique houses. Light refreshments will be served and books will be available for sale.
A team of local researchers and writers have been working for almost a year to uncover the stories of these houses and the people who lived within them. When taken as a whole, the collection of house histories is a window into Little Compton’s past revealing the differences between first-born and later-born sons, the care given to single women by their fathers and brothers, the connection between servants and employers, the power of the government to seize property, and the long-standing Little Compton tradition of repurposing buildings into homes.
The Historical Society has been studying these houses in preparation for this year’s exhibition, book and historic house tour. The exhibit called “The Stories Houses Tell” may be visited Thursday through Sunday from 1 to 5 PM between now and Labor Day and Saturday and Sunday from Labor Day through Columbus Day. The book by the same title is available at the Historical Society, at many local retail shops and on Amazon.com. The Historical House Tour takes place Sunday, September 20 and tickets and more information is available at littlecompton.org.