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Smith's Castle (North Kingstown, RI 02852-4414)
Elaine Robinson (Project Director: May 2015 to present)

Smith's Castle UV Window Film Project

The purchase and installation of UV film protection for 12 windows on the south side of Smith’s Castle at Cocumscussoc, a historic house museum dating from 1678, one of the oldest in the state of Rhode Island.  House tours for the general public trace the history of Cocumscussoc as a trading post, its colonial settlement, and the establishment of a plantation.  Objects at risk from the damaging sunlight date from the late 18th and early 19th centuries and include 90 pieces of furniture, six paintings, numerous textiles, and over 100 household objects.  A highlight of the collection is a “Rhode Island Fall-Front Desk” that belonged to Beriah Brown, a direct descendant of original “Castle” owner Richard Smith and the first elected sheriff of Washington County in 1746.  The collections support re-enactments and educational programs for adults and school groups.

The Cocumscussoc Assocation at Smith's Castle requests funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support the purchase and installation of UV window film as recommended by the Conservation Assessment Report of 2004. The window film will protect and preserve the collections in the building by mitigating the strength of light and/or exposure of daylight. It will be purchased from and installed by Window Film Depot of Newport, RI.

Project fields:
Architecture; U.S. History

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
3/1/2016 – 8/31/2017