Discover Some History Along the EBBP

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Discover Some History Along the EBBP

From the Barrington Preservation Society:

You may have ridden or walked the East Bay Bike Path in Barrington, RI many times. But do you really know what hidden history took place along the way? If not, it’s time to find out!

Come see the seven historic interpretive signs along the path, created by the Barrington Preservation Society. On Saturday, October 2 from 10:00 – 10:30 in Barrington’s Haines Park (near the bike path and farmers market location) come to the unveiling celebration. There, you’ll receive a descriptive map and brochure that will guide you to the signs so you can view them at your own pace (even better, ride your bike). Refreshments will be served. And that morning, members of the Barrington Preservation Society will be at each sign for further descriptions.

Hope to see you there!

2 thoughts on - Discover Some History Along the EBBP

  • Labann
    Sep 24, 2010 at 7:27 am

    Why not MAKE HISTORY?

    Here's a perfect example of how urban redevelopment, particularly bikeways and greenspaces, gets rewarded by corporate investment. Maybe the next mayor of Providence will come to his senses as did Bloomberg, who, after new ordinances to restrict bicycling, made a 180° turnaround and open over 200 miles of new bike infrastructure in the boroughs.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/17/business/17outd

    If you want history, visit Rhode Island's half dozen houses dating to the 1600's. That's right! Real treasures going on 400 years old. Planning a group bike someday that might visit several when they are open by appointment. Bet you can't name 4.

  • Barry
    Oct 3, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    I did attend the sign dedication ceremony, and then rode to the various sign locations along the path in Barrington where someone from the Barrigton Preservation Socity was on hand to discuss the site.

    This will enhance the experience of those using the East Bay Bike Path, especially visitors to our state (again think of the "geotourism" potential), but I recommend everyone stop at each sign at least once as they are well done with historical info (for example passenger trains ran on the route until the '38 hurricane) and histoic photos, sometimes from old post cards. I was struck by how much industry once existed along the route, now all gone along with the jobs.

    The Barrington Preservation Society deserves a lot of credit as they pulled off the project with volunteers and some funding from the RI Committee on the Humanities and the Historic Preservation Commission. I hope the idea will spread down the path to Warren, Bristol, E Providence and Providence.