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Governor Sprague Mansion
1351 Cranston Street
Cranston, Rhode Island 02920
Voice: 401-944-9226

The Sprague Mansion was built in two parts, each representing in its own way, the prosperity of the Sprague Family which came to Cranston as early as 1712.

The small family homestead was constructed in the late 18th century. Featuring a central chimney, low ceiling, simple woodwork, it was a spacious type of home of the well-to-do farmer and merchant of the post-Revolutionary era.

Over the years there have been many changes to the Mansion but the most dominate changes were made in the 1864 by Col. Amasa Sprague when he upgraded the house from the simple homestead to an elegant home where he entertained his social contacts. The new addition included a wide hall lighted by a fan-shaped window above the entrance door.

Instead of the plain straight steep stairs of the old part of the house, the staircase in the 1860's part of the mansion is wide and winding. The woodwork of the balusters and railings is carved and decorative.

The mantles of the fireplaces in the new section of the house are also representative of the times, Italian marble graces the fireplace in the grand ball room on the first floor where the Sprague's would have entertained many visitors from the financial, political and sporting circles.

The Mansion was well maintained in its original condition down through the years, although some changes were made to the interior following the Civil War. Modern facilities have since been tastefully added making the building suitable for the use of large groups when required. Now restored to much of its elegance and splendor the Mansion is once again used for cultural and civic activities. Furnished throughout by gifts and items on loan, the Mansion holds items that belonged to the Sprague family.

The lovely carriage house was built in 1864 and retains much of the charm and character it would have had when it housed the mill teams of the A. & W. Sprague Company.



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