Westerly Public Library
17th Annual Rhode Island Statewide
Saturday, April 6, 2002
WESTERLY AND HOPKINTON , RI
INTERPRETING HISTORIC PLACES
Westerly and Hopkinton hosted the 17th Annual Rhode Island Statewide Historic Preservation Conference on Saturday, April 6, 2002.
The conference started off at the Westerly Armory with a keynote address by Randall Arendt, Senior Conservation Advisor to the Natural Lands Trust and President of Greener Prospects. Mr. Arendt is one of the United States' foremost experts on the preservation of historic places through "smart" land-use planning that conserves the natural and built environment. The keynote address was followed by a presentation of the 2002 State Preservation Awards.
Among the 25 breakout sessions were roundtable discussions, lectures, and 8 tours of local architectural and historical resources. Participants visited the Old Town Hall, the Westerly Public Library, Wilcox Park, and other sites around the historic downtown. Outside town, they explored seaside cottages at Watch Hill, the granite monuments of River Bend Cemetery, the Narragansett Indian Reservation, factory villages along the Wood and Pawcatuck Rivers, and villages and rural areas in Hopkinton.