Not long after I moved to Providence, my father, who grew up in nearby Bristol, flew in from Florida for a visit. Among other things, he wanted to see what remained of the Union Wadding textile plant in Pawtucket where … Continue reading

Burnside house, 1866, Providence Rhode Island

The Ambrose Burnside House

I’m sure everyone who has spent any time in Providence has seen the Burnside house on Benefit Street. It caught my eye on a walk this summer, and I couldn’t help but snap a few pictures of it. It sits … Continue reading


Old Ironsides & the Butterfly Factory

This is why I love the internet: I recently found myself poking around the defunct Lonsdale Bleachery & Dye Works in Lincoln, RI. The massive brick buildings, built in 1844, made me want to know more about the Lonsdale Company … Continue reading

Weathervane, East Side of Providence


Don’t look now, but horses are flying and roosters are crowing above the rooftops! I’ve never lived anywhere that had such an abundance of weathervanes. I guess there are so many because Rhode Island, and Providence in particular, still has … Continue reading


Adler’s: A great, old-fashioned hardware store

About a mile away from my house is the most marvelous hardware store you’ve ever seen. According to the giant lettering painted on the store’s brick exterior, Adler’s Hardware has been in business in Providence’s Fox Point neighborhood since 1919. … Continue reading

Providence Journal StyleWeek

StyleWeek Providence

My pursuit of all things “fun and unusual” in Providence led me to a fashion show a few weeks ago, complete with a runway, night club-worthy music, and a sprinkling of gender-bending fashionistas in the audience. Taking the easy way … Continue reading