Babcock-Smith House Museum
124 Granite Street
Westerly, RI   02891

Babcock-Smith House Museum DocentAre you a Colonial history buff?  Or an antiques lover?  Or perhaps you've always wondered about the carved memorials that fill your local cemetery?  If so, we invite you to become a docent for the Babcock-Smith House Museum and indulge your curiosity while sharing what you learn!

Docents play a vital role in the support of the museum, both as public educators and historic researchers on behalf of the museum and its collections. 

Our non-profit Docents program was founded to support the museum in a variety of ways.  These include:

  • conducting house tours • organizing & supporting events
  • participating in seminars • fundraising
  • promoting early period crafts  

During the month of May we host all local fifth-graders.  They learn about the Babcock-Smith House and try their hands at various colonial crafts.

Our 2013 regular monthly meetings will be held on the first Monday of each month, unless that day happens to fall on a holiday weekend. In those months our meeting will be held on the second Monday of the month. Our "December" meeting will be held on the last Monday in November. Refreshments before each meeting start at 9:30 am, and the actual meeting starts at 10:00. The volunteer docents genuinely welcome new interested people who would like to become involved in helping to maintain Westerly's historic gem. If you are interested in joining or obtaining more information, call Meg Barclay .

Docent Field Trip ~ 2013

On June 27, 2013, 14 Babcock-Smith House docents visited Roseland Cottage in Woodstock, Connecticut.  The Gothic Revival style house was built in 1846 as the summer cottage of Henry and Lucy Bowen and their young family.  Henry Bowen was a Woodstock native who returned to his hometown after establishing a successful business in New York City.  While Lucy Bowen enjoyed summers away from the city, her husband used Roseland Cottage as a place to entertain friends and political connections, including four United States presidents.
We enjoyed a tour of the house and grounds which included lovely gardens, an icehouse, aviary, carriage barn and the nations's oldest surviving indoor bowling alley.


After the tour, the group enjoyed a delightful lunch at the Golden Lamb Buttery in Brooklyn, Connecticut.

Docent Officers for 2014

Meg Barclay

Tony Smith
Vice President

Jan Tunney

Ed Fazio
Recording Secretary

Wanda Butler

Sharon Wright

Jean Aiello
Corresponding Secretary

Carol Fazio, Jan Tunney, June Silvestri
Store Committee

Eleanor Grinnell, Sharon Wright, Mary Ann McCarty
Docent Board of Directors


From left to right: Eleanor Grinnell, Ed fazio, Meg Barclay, Tony Smith and Jan Tunney

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