Bus Tour of Historic East Providence
Our knowledgeable tour guide was Dave Kelleher, current president of the Historical Society. He directed the bus driver first through the back roads of Rumford to explore the remaining sites around the Ring of the Green and Bridgham Farm. After that we stopped near the Walker house, the oldest house in East Providence, located on Massasoit Ave.
Passing through today’s downtown of East Providence the bus headed for Valley Street to cross under the Washington Bridge to the end of Warren Avenue, the original downtown and business district of our town. This was once the location of Watchemoket Square before
From Watchemoket Square the bus took us along the Veterans Memorial Parkway and Pawtucket Avenue to Riverside. Along the way we passed the sites of two forgotten amusement parks: Boyden Heights and Vanity Fair. The entrance to Boyden Heights used to be located at today’s Boyden Avenue. A reminder of the park is a hexagonal house, built from the old band stand. Vanity Fair has disappeared without a trace, today Silver Spring Golf Course is located there. Before reaching Riverside we took a short detour through the Stonegate Condominium complex (with special permission) to get a good look at the historic Pomham Lighthouse. This detour gave our bus driver an unexpected opportunity to flaunt her driving skills: a truck was parked in the road and there was less than a foot of space between our bus and the truck on one side and parked cars on the other. Great maneuvering job!