"preserving the past to inspire the future"

Middletown Historical Society is dedicated to safeguarding, researching and documenting the history of Middletown, Rhode Island.

Winter Lecture Series 2022


Middletown's “Cliff Walk”

Date: February 27, 2022
Time: 2pm
Location: Middletown Public Library 700 West Main Road, Middletown, RI
Learn about the history of the area known as “The Esplanade” on Easton’s Point and one man’s vision to create an oceanfront space in Middletown that could be shared by private property owners and the public. The lecture will also touch on two other approaches to environmental improvement – public sector efforts and citizen “do-it-yourself” initiatives.

St. Columba's, The Berkeley Memorial Chapel

Date: March 27, 2022
Time: 2pm
Location: St. Columba’s Chapel, 55 Vaucluse Avenue, Middletown, RI
Take a look inside this “jewel box” of a chapel, known for its exceptional stained glass, and learn about the church’s history and some of its notable parishioners.

The Norman Bird Sanctuary

Date: April 24, 2022
Time: 2pm
Location: Norman Bird Sanctuary, 583 Third Beach Road, Middletown, RI
Learn about the history of this 325-acre treasure of nature preserved by Mabel Norman Cerio for the protection of birds and the enjoyment of the public.


Paradise School

Every Wednesday 9 - 11am

For those who are out of town and can not come in person we offer curated virtual tours will take you on a 360 experience through the properties.

Virtual Tours


As directed by state and federal guidelines the Middletown Historical Society is gradualy reopening with the rest of society. Visitors who have been vaccincated are not required to wear masks, only visitors who have not been vaccinated we recommend mask to be worn.

Anyone who has symptoms and/or is feeling ill, vaccinated or not, please stay home.
We welcome you back to enjoy the museum when your feeling 100%.

>Running of the Mill

A yearly event where Boyd's Mill comes alive, all 8 vanes with sails turning, paired with arts/craft vendors, family entertainment & more.
September 18, 2021 Paradise Valley Park in Middletown, RI
Our entire organization is based upon volunteers. We are currently accepting applications for those who might like to volunteer at our properties. Please submit an application to be considered.
Currently we are looking to fill the following committee opportunities:

- Membership Coordinator
- Publicity Coordinator
All interested parties in joining the Society please email:
Digital Archive Assistant
We are currently looking for assistance digitizing our paper library.

The ideal assistant is familiar with scanning photographs & properly scanning large volume of multiple page documents, comfortable with using a windows based program, extremely organized and detail oriented. Each image/document must be cataloged, itemized and detailed, then scanned into our program. It is a volunteer based position with a flexible schedule.
If interested please email your credentials with the subject, Digital Archive Assistant to:

our story

Learn about the Society, its history, the board and how you can get involved as well.

museum locations

Come and visit our Preserved Historic Locations, each its own unique museum.
- Witherbee School
- Paradise School
- Boyd's Mill

become a member

Join the Society and help preserve the past, create new future discoveries, support educational events and more. Middletown Historical Society is a non-profit organization with a volunteer only staff. Memberships help create new opportunities and safeguard/provide upkeep of current entities.