Jamestown Museum

92 Narragansett Avenue, Jamestown, RI 02835 - United States




Free Everyday

As a one-room schoolhouse (1886), then town library (1898), and now a museum of island history (1971), the building at 92 Narragansett Avenue is both a part of and a repository for Jamestown’s past.


Dr. William Lincoln Bates & The Bates Sanitarium
The 2019 summer exhibit in the Jamestown Historical Society Museum at 92 Narragansett Avenue will be Dr. William Lincoln Bates & the Bates Sanitarium. This exhibit will open Friday Night, June 21, 2019 at 5pm. Dr. Bates (1855-1932), a member of Jamestown’s Carr family, spent three years of his youth at the Providence Reform School for theft. He went on to become a doctor in electrotherapy and to establish the Dr. Bates Sanitarium, also known as Maplewood. The sanitarium on Conanicus Avenue across from the Bay Voyage Hotel was open from 1900 till 1944. This summer’s exhibit tells the story of Bates’ life and hospital.


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