RIMAP HERITAGE TRAIL GUIDES - SOME PLACES TO SEE ON LAND
THE PRINTED GUIDES:
Although none of the RIMAP archaeological sites under water are yet open to the public, there are a number of places that we study on land in Rhode Island and that visitors can see.
Most people think of marine archaeology as having a glamorous focus on shipwrecks. In fact, all of maritime history includes what happened on land -- everything that supported the ships that sailed, as well as the ships that eventually became the shipwreck sites. There were industries to manufacture and to repair the ships, and businesses to provide cargoes and insure them. There was the labor to manage these industries and to sail the ships. There were the raw materials and the technologies to process those materials into usable ship-building resources (or cargoes), and especially there was the capital to fund it all. That means that a lot of maritime history, and marine archaeology to locate related sites, includes those shore-side and inland studies. It also means that every community in Rhode Island, including those furthest inland, made contributions to local maritime activities and the ships that sailed from our ports. That is why we are called the "Ocean State."
Of particular interest to RIMAP have been the ships lost in our state during times of war, especially those from the American Revolution. To share the results of those studies with the public we have published a series called Rhode Island in the Revolution, that is now in five volumes (new editions and number six and seven forthcoming). We have also published a number of smaller pieces on specific topics and we have included a great deal of this information on this and previous www.rimap.org websites. All of these materials have been available to RIMAP members and to the general public, and in due course some will be added to the RIMAP merchandise list of materials available for sale (See the "Sales" button above that also includes downloadable products.)
Meanwhile, the following heritage trail guides come from a series of RIMAP pamphlets called RIMAP Maps: Heritage Trail Guides, the publication of which was sponsored by:
The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities
and RIMAP's donors and volunteers.
These guides focus on four themes of the American Revolution and give details about what each community in the state contributed to that war, and where to find some of the properties, parks, and other locations that are so iconic to the success of that the Revolution. As the RIMAP heritage trail project matures, we will add more information that should help our citizens understand how important the smallest state was to the birth and development of our nation. The guides below will show where to find some of these Revolutionary War sites in Rhode Island, and we hope the information will help the general public to understand their importance. Because Rhode Island is so small, and because Rhode Island has so many sites, these should all be day trips.
So please enjoy the visits to public parks and buildings, respect the private properties, and learn that touching history can be as close as your own back door!
THE PRINTED TRAIL GUIDES (Sponsored by a grant from the Rhode Island Committee for the Humanities)
Note that these are 11" x 17" publications so you may have to adjust your printer if you make paper copies.
GUIDE #1: REVOLUTIONARY WAR FORTS IN RHODE ISLAND PUBLIC PARKS
A downloadable version is at: RIMAP Directions to the Forts.pdf
GUIDE #2: REVOLUTIONARY WAR HOSPITALS IN RHODE ISLAND
A downloadable version is at: RIMAP Revolutionary War Hospitals.pdf
GUIDE #3: REVOLUTIONARY WAR INDUSTRIES IN RHODE ISLAND
A downloadable version is at: RIMAP Revolutionary War Industries.pdf
GUIDE #4: REVOLUTIONARY WAR TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATION IN RHODE ISLAND