The Hearthside, is considered to be one of the "finest examples of early nineteenth century Federal-style houses in Rhode Island. It is located at 677 Great Road (Rt. 123), (Great Road Historic District) at the intersection of Breakneck Hill Road.
Legend has it that Smith built this house to impress a young lady from Providence with winnings from a Louisiana State Lottery, which he kept a secret from her. Upon completion of the house Smith took the young lady for a ride to see this beautiful house, which she commented to him, "Why anyone would want to live in the wilderness!" As a result of her rejection, he never married. In 1996 the town became the owners of this site, and Hearthside has become the backdrop to many public and private social events.
Read about this "Legendary Tale of Stephen Hopkins Smith"
Open second Saturday afternoon of each month
This home is on the RI National Register. On this National Registry there are 10 other properties all on Historic Great Road which is in walking distance from my home and near the Lincoln Woods State Park.
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