We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Varnum House Museum

57 Peirce St, East Greenwich, RI 02818-3338
+1 401-884-1776
Website
Save
Review Highlights
A step back to revolutionary times

Well preserved peek at life in rural Rhode Island around the time of the Revolutionary War... read more

Reviewed September 7, 2017
419judithz
,
Providence, United States
Once upon a time....

Stepping back in time invites one to use all of one's senses, not just visual appreciation... read more

Reviewed August 11, 2016
DaisyDiva07
,
St. Petersburg, Florida
Read all 7 reviews
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Overview
More
It was 1773 when James Mitchell Varnum purchased a large plot of land overlooking Greenwich Bay in East Greenwich, RI, for the sum of $90. Varnum, a gifted 24 year-old lawyer, did not buy the property solely for the view, but also because it sat behind the Kent County Courthouse (now East Greenwich Town Hall) where the most powerful and influential colonial leaders frequently met. As a prominent figure in the Revolutionary War and early-American politics, Varnum attracted a “who’s who” of guests to his mansion including George Washington, Marquis de Lafayette, Rochambeau, John Sullivan, Nathanael Greene, and many others. This house museum contains numerous historical artifacts ranging from the late 17th century through the mid 19th century. The Varnum House Museum is open format, meaning that very few exhibits are behind glass or ropes. It is as if you’re touring the house as it appeared in the late 18th century! The Varnum House Museum’s exhibits focus on early American furniture, household items, musical instruments, children’s toys, documents, paintings, and much more. Some of the more impressive exhibits include a 1690 officer’s chair, a 1794 pianoforte made by William Frecker of London, a miniature punch bowl gifted from General Lafayette to Varnum as a housewarming present, and General Varnum’s own desk. A very unique aspect of the house’s exhibits is the large number of historical items sourced from the Far East, including China, Japan, Persia (now Iran), and more. This includes Chinese punch bowls and dinner ware dating to the 18th century, hand-carved ivory sewing kits, hand-painted Chinese wallpaper dating to the early 19th century, and Persian reverse-glass paintings dating to the 18th century.
  • Excellent58%
  • Very good42%
  • Average0%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Sep 6, 2017
“A step back to revolutionary times”
Aug 11, 2016
“Once upon a time....”
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
LOCATION
57 Peirce St, East Greenwich, RI 02818-3338
CONTACT
Website
+1 401-884-1776
Write a ReviewReviews (7)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
Filter
Reviewed September 7, 2017

Well preserved peek at life in rural Rhode Island around the time of the Revolutionary War. Maintained by volunteers, and good for kids & adults alike.

Thank 419judithz
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed August 11, 2016

Stepping back in time invites one to use all of one's senses, not just visual appreciation. Attending a wedding at this lovely and lovingly preserved building and grounds, elicited both sadness and joy: nostalgia for what was once grand and spacious and appreciation for preservation...More

Thank DaisyDiva07
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed August 11, 2015

Outstanding example of colonial architecture. General Varnum's house was built between 1773 and 1779. Many historical artifacts inside. Open most weekends for tours or other dates by appointment that can be made through website at: www.vernumcontinentals.org

Thank DTrimmer
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
See more reviews
Reviewed June 2, 2015

when you go to this location make sure you check out the history behind this home and its area. could it be that the father of this country stayed here? People in the know say,YES..If you like history or want to show your children what...More

Thank Barry N
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed May 8, 2015

Rumor has it that George Washington stayed in this house twice as he was good friends with General Varnum and would regularly visit him between his New York-Boston trips. The museum has many items that are truly well preserved, including Chinese Art (very rare at...More

Thank Jennifer W
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed October 3, 2014

The museum interior was a pleasant surprise. They have some great chinese pieces which I loved, some interesting art and the rooms are all very different from each other. It has a very lived in feel and the tour guide really knows a lot about...More

Thank qofdnz
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed October 18, 2012

An interesting local historical site. A great spot to learn some local history. Guided tour available.

1  Thank Jason B
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all East Greenwich Hotels
Extended Stay America - Providence - West Warwick
152 reviews
4.04 km away
SpringHill Suites Providence West Warwick
208 reviews
4.40 km away
Americas Best Value Inn North Kingstown
31 reviews
4.58 km away
Comfort Suites
193 reviews
4.61 km away
Nearby Restaurants
Rasa
209 reviews
.10 km away
Jiggers Diner
139 reviews
.11 km away
Greenwich Bay Oyster Bar
102 reviews
.21 km away
La Masseria
174 reviews
.18 km away
Nearby Attractions
C and L Stables
17 reviews
1.34 km away
Varnum Armory Museum
12 reviews
.22 km away
Riddle Room
75 reviews
.48 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Varnum House Museum staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines
Submit