Cranston Historical Society 1351 Cranston St, Cranston, RI02920 The Cranston Historical Society operates out of the Governor Sprague mansion on Cranston Street. The mansion was the…More home of one of the country's most powerful and wealthiest families of the 19th century. The first farmhouse at the site was built in the 1790s. It was expanded in 1864 to accommodate the Sprague's needs. The Sprague Family owned the Sprague Print Works, now the Cranston Print Works. William Sprague, Governor from 1860-1863 and U.S. Senator from 1863-1875, was born at the mansion in 1830. The Sprague Company was one of the largest and richest textile companies in the Civil War era. Today, the Cranston Historical Society is continually restoring and caring for the structure, which is considered Cranston's most important historical artifact. the building can hold up to 100 people for a reception and 60 dinner guests at private functions. The Cranston Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) organization.
Park Senate Barber Salon 46 Rolfe Sq, Cranston, RI02910 Men and young men's haircuts are offered. Park Senate Barber Salon offers fades and flat types.
U.S. Sen. John Chafee Athletic and Recreational Complex 430 Hope Rd, Cranston, RI02921 The sprawling U.S. Senator John H. Chafee Athletic and Recreational Complex features five soccer fields, three…More baseball fields, a tennis court and a basketball court. Along with views of the playing fields, a jogging track is situated close to the woods and wildflowers. For soccer, the complex includes Dorsey, Tribelli, DeNuccio, Perry and Volunteer fields, which host games for boys and girls teams in the Cranston League for Cranston's Future soccer league. The complex, usually referred to as Briggs Farm, prohibits dogs, golf, bikes, scooters, skateboards and rollerblades. Permits are required for use of soccer and baseball fields.
William H. Hall Free Library 1825 Broad St, Cranston, RI02905 The William Hall Library was the first official public library in Cranston when it opened as the Edgewood Library 1897…More in a small house at the corner of Park and Warwick Avenues.
Hall, a prominent businessman, established a fund to form the library in his will. He died in 1916.
Hall (1837-1916) was an entrepreneur and a well-respected member of the Cranston community, serving on the Cranston City Council, state Senate and House of Representatives. He was never defeated in his numerous runs for office and legend has it he started his first business at 18 with just $50, selling fruits and vegetables from a small market on Broad Street.
The library was renamed in 1921 after the Edgewood Free Public Library was transitioned into the new William H. Hall Free Library, run by a board of trustees envisioned in Hall's will. After a lengthy public debate, a new, elegant building was built on the grounds of Hall's former mansion on Broad Street. It was opened to the public on Nov. 13, 1927.
The building combines elements of Georgian and Italian Renaissance design with a curved arches over the loggia and white pillars. Three double glass and bronze doors open to an impressive, high-cieling interior.
The library boasts a large collection of fiction, nonfiction, reference and children's books. It also serves as a community center and gathering place.
Though he was childless, Hall was an ardent supporter of learning and children's issues. Long after his death, the William H. Hall Library stands as a monument to his desire to enrich the lives of Cranston's youth.