The Post Office at Narragansett
Pier was established on September 4, 1867 with William C. Caswell as
the first Postmaster. The name was changed to Narragansett on January
1, 1925 and it became a branch of the Wakefield Post Office on March
The Pettaquamscutt River runs
from a spring fed lake behind the old Gilbert Stuart Snuff Mill and
forms a small lake again past the mill. It becomes a narrow river once
again after that and runs past Pettaquamscutt Shores into the
Narragansett area where it passes under the
"Narrow River Bridge"
and then runs into Narragansett Bay.
Narrow River Bridge Postcard (The
river runs through both North Kingstown and South Kingstown.)
From the time I was about 9
years old until I left Rhode Island in 1963 to join the Navy; these
waters were a favorite of my friends and I for both fishing and
swimming. I fished for fresh water fish such as Pickerel, Small Mouth
Bass and Bluegills in the lake behind the mill and the lake past the
mill, (which was brackish) abounded in white perch. In the spring, we
would net Buckies (Alewives) in the stream by the mill during their
annual run upstream to lay their eggs. The fish could be pickled and
the fish eggs (Roe) were delicious fried.
Down by the Narrow Bridge part
of the river the banks were full of blood or clam worms and these were
excellent for use in catching flounder. During the winter months (R
months) we would gather oysters from the river.
There was a small beach and raft
in the lake below the mill where our gang liked to swim and also a
beach at Pettaquamscutt Shores, (where my grandmother lived) where we
also swam. All in all, some of my most pleasant memories of Rhode
Island, center around the Pettaquamscutt River.
I have no idea what the
structure on the bank in the postcard is. Perhaps someone can help me