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|June 17, 2001
Providence, Rhode Island
I was really on my way to Massachusetts this day (Rhode Island was scheduled for Day 3), but it was my best use of time to catch a couple of sites on the way. These were Baptist history sites: First Baptist Church, Providence (right) and the Roger Williams memorial/statue. The first Baptist church in (what would become) the United States was founded in 1638 by Roger Williams (not the singer). He didn't stay a Baptist too long, but the church he started continues to this day. The current building was constructed in 1775 and has a beautiful chandelier. I talked with a guide at the Roger Williams Memorial Park who really knew his history -- so many around these sites didn't.
|To follow along chronologically with my trip, go next to my Massachusetts page. I come back to Rhode Island for day 3.|
|June 19, 2001
Newport and Providence
The last day of my trip was divided between Newport and Providence. I started in Newport at the grave of Dr. John Clarke. He founded the second Baptist church in the "New World." He also obtained a charter for Rhode Island. His grave is behind a police station in Newport in a small plot near a Baptist church (not the one he started).
|Next I was off to the grave of Obadiah Holmes. He was the second pastor of First Baptist Church in Newport. Also, he was persecuted in Boston for being a Baptist. He's a great champion for religious liberty. Dr. Karen Bullock had found his grave on a trip through Newport. She gave precise directions to it and I found it easily.|
|There is more to Newport than just Baptist leaders' graves. This is the famous "Forty Steps." The walk along the cliffs nearby is beautiful and the mansions are fabulous.
Before I left Newport, I stopped at the Newport Creamery for lunch. I had heard good things about these restaurants, but I now believe none of it. The staff that I encountered (at least three) were all (at best) inattentive and (at worst) rude. Not all people in Rhode Island are that way, though. See below.
|My last stop of the day was at the Providence zoo. I had heard they had a baby Polar Bear and he was as cute as I had imagined.|
|That evening I had dinner at a restaurant called Friendly's in Cranston, RI. They had a particular waitress at that location that had one of the best attitudes and a most wonderful smile. She really typified the name of her employer. I recommend a visit.|
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