Block Island Historical Society

Celebrating Block Island and preserving its history for future generations
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Block Island Resources

Oral History

Explore over one hundred recordings of stories told by island residents. Collected beginning in 2000, these stories offer an intimate, personal way of preserving and sharing the heritage of this unique place.

On the Corner …

The Society was founded in 1942. To help celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2017, The Block Island Times published a series of sketches and photographs of items in our collection.

Photo Archive

Browse a selection of historic postcards and photographs from the Society’s collection. If you’d like to see more, pay us a visit.

Block Island Timeline

Explore key events in the history of Block Island, starting with the Niantic settlement about 1500 years ago. Click any of the events to learn more.

Art Trail Map

Planning a visit to the island? History isn’t the only thing to see! Take a self-guided tour of local galleries and studios with the free Block Island Art Trail Map. Also includes farmers’ market locations.



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Past Events

December 2018

Museum Shop Open for December’s Tuesday Strolls, 5-8 pm

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 @ 5:00 pm8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Come find the perfect gift at our Museum Shop Tuesdays, December 4, 11, and 18, 5-8 pm. Happy Holidays from all of us to all of you!

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May 2019

Open House – West Gallery Celebration

Saturday, May 25 @ 5:00 pm8:00 pm
Block Island Historical Society, 18 Old Town Road
Block Island, RI 02807 United States
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June 2019

Block Island Walking Festival

Monday, June 10 @ 12:00 amWednesday, June 12 @ 12:00 am
Block Island Historical Society, 18 Old Town Road
Block Island, RI 02807 United States
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Tours TBA

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Old Harbor Walking Tours

Tuesday, June 18 @ 10:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, August 6, 2019

June - August at 10 am. Weekly Tuesdays. Meet in front of Chamber Office.

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Our Museum offers a rich collection of artifacts and memorabilia that bring to life the history of the island over the past 3,500 years. Exhibits change regularly.


Take guided walking tours of the Old Harbor, a Manissean Village site, and more — including personalized genealogical tours to help you explore your own Block Island heritage.


The Museum Shop is a great place to find artwork by island artists, as well as historical photos, maps, posters, T-shirts, postcards, and all things Block Island.

Private Events

Interested in hosting a private event at the Society? Talk to us!