Gilbert Stuart Birthplace
Gilbert Stuart BirthplaceStuart's 1751 grambrel-roofed home has been carefully restored to its 18th century appearance. Hand-hewn beams and wide plank floors are visible throughout the house. Each room contains a unique corner fireplace. Period furnishings and reproductions of Stuart's portraits decorate the house.
Downstairs is the family kitchen with a huge corner fireplace, Dutch oven and a collection of 18th century household items and cooking utensils. Located in the same room is a snuff mill similar to the one the Stuart's father would have used to grind tobacco into snuff.
GristmillNext to the Stuart's former home is a restored gristmill. This gristmill is similar to mills that were built throughout New England in the 18th century to serve the needs of area farmers. Like the Stuart birthplace, hand-hewn beams support wide plank floors and walls. The waterwheel turns granite millstones that were once used to make the famous Rhode Island Jonny Cakes.
GroundsThe Gilbert Stuart Birthplace is located between the Mettatuxet Stream and the run-off from the Pettasquamscutt Pond. The millpond and dam form a beautiful backdrop for gardens that showcase herbs that are original to the period. Paths lead to an old burial ground and to the site of an 18th century fulling mill once used to finish wool fabric.
The Gilbert Stuart Birthplace is located at 815 Gilbert Stuart Road, between Routes 1 and 1A in Saunderstown, RI. It is open Thursday - Monday from 11:00 to 4:00 from April - October. Admission fee is charged.