Rhode Island Postal Cards - Fist Day of Issue

Settling of Rhode Island by Roger Williams in 1636
Designed by David Blossom - Scott #UX112
Issued on June 26, 1986 in Providence, RI
Rhode Island Town Cancels (by RIPS)

Prudence Island Community Post Office (CPO) 02872

The Prudence Island Post Office was established under Postmaster Ruth E. Fairweather on November 8, 1956. The Post Office was disestablished on March 1, 1985 and converted to a Community Post Office (Postal Bulletin 21516). The last Postmaster was Doris D. Tattersall appointed on July 31, 1971. The Post Office is located at 0837 Narragansett AVE Prudence Island, RI 02872

Prudence Island can be reached via the Bristol Ferry which makes 4 to 5 daily trips during the winter and 5 to 6 trips during the summer depending on the day of the week. For those who miss the Ferry there is also a Water Taxi run by Bruce Shaw. Although there are a few permanent residents the bulk of the population appears during the summer. There are some fine examples of Victorian style homes located on the island. During Colonial times the island was mainly used for farming which began to decline during the early 20th century. The Navy established a weapons depot on the island during World War II which closed and was turned over to the state in 1972.


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