Fayerweather house was built in 1820 and is one of several historic buildings in the picturesque village of Kingston. It is now the home of the Fayerweather Craft Guild which is dedicated to preserving old crafts and promoting new ones. The Guild also sponsors various programs and events throughout the season
The story of the Fayerweather Family begins with George, a slave of the Reverend Samuel Fayerweather, minister of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Wickford. Around 1770 George gained his freedom and adopted, as was customary, his former master's surname. One of his descendants, also named George Fayerweather, married a Native American woman and became a blacksmith in the village of Kingston, then called Little Rest (today a part of the Town of South Kingstown). In 1820 he built Fayerweather House as a home for his family, which eventually included 12 children.
The house is a two-story wooden building constructed around a massive stone chimney. The three rooms on the first floor are open to the public. Each of them has a fireplace and corner beams. The Keeping Room is dominated by the huge granite fireplace with a Dutch oven. The floor is covered with 18-inch-wide floor boards. There is also an exhibit with an old blacksmith's bill and some historical photographs. On another wall hangs the Bicentennial Quilt, stitched in 1976 by the founding members of the Fayerweather Craft Guild. Its 30 panels show local landmarks. All three rooms are now used by the Craft Guild to exhibit crafts and offer them for sale.
Fayerweather House is surrounded by almost an acre of park-like grounds featuring majestic trees, old-fashioned shrubbery, and garden plantings typical of the period. The garden with its beautiful vistas is sometimes used as a setting for wedding pictures. It is maintained by the Kingston Hill Gardeners. Next to the house is the well (not functional any more). About another 10 yards to the east stood the blacksmith shop, of which only some foundation stones and the base of the forge remain today.
Pictures and information were provided by Fayerweather's House
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