Events

Premier of Hazard Family Documentary

Join us on Saturday, May 14th, at the premier showing of a documentary film produced by the Narragansett Historical Society about the Hazard family and their importance to South County and Rhode Island. The 40-minute film is narrated by Dr. Robert O’Neill, who will be present to answer questions after the showing. This event will be held at the Maury Loontjens Library at 2:00 pm. There is no charge for this event, but please register online at:

http://www.eventkeeper.com/code/ekform.cfm?curOrg=NARLIB&curName=2022/05/21_Hazard_Family_History

Summer Lecture Series

We are developing a series of lectures  – the second Sunday of each month, beginning in June. Please join us on Sunday, June 14th at the “Pool Building” on Clarke Road (next to the Windmill Building – our future home) for a wonderful talk by Brian Wallin about the Seaview Railroad. Stay tuned to this website for more information – and be sure you are on our email list! Email us at nhs1888@aol.com.

Down to the Sea by Rail

The quirky little Narragansett Pier Railroad operated between Kingston and Narragansett Pier starting in 1876. The eight and a half mile shortline was the brainchild of millionaire South County mill owner Rowland Gibson Hazard. The Hazard family started their freight and passenger line to serve the needs of their Peace Dale Mill. It soon became popular with vacationers who had discovered the joys of summers on the Pier. But all wasn’t roses for the Hazards. They learned that running a railroad wasn’t as easy as they had thought. Numerous period illustrations trace the rise and fall of the NPRR, which ended operations in the 1980’s. Today, the line’s right of way is one of the state’s most popular bike paths.

About Brian Wallin:

Brian L. Wallin is a graduate of Stonehill College and earned his master’s degree from American International College. He spent the first 20 years of his career as a radio and television news reporter, anchor and producer in New England also contributing to the NBC, CBS and ABC networks. He broadcast the America’s Cup yacht races between 1967 and 1983 for national and international news organizations. He has served as an adjunct professor at Providence College and Salve Regina University and is currently on the faculty of the URI Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI).  He had a career in health care management, and is a past president of the New England Society for Healthcare Communications and of the North Kingstown (RI) Rotary He is a trustee of the Varnum Continentals historic militia in East Greenwich (RI), a docent at the Naval War College Museum nd a member of the US Naval Institute. Brian continues to do voice-overs and documentary narrations. 

Brian is a frequent lecturer to audiences across the state on Rhode Island history. He writes for specialty publications and is a contributing author to the on line journal of Rhode Island history, www.smallstatebighistory.com. Brian is the co-author of “World War Two Rhode Island,” a book about the war’s impact on the Ocean State, published by the History Press.