Featured Object from Roger Williams National Memorial, Rhode Island

National Park Service, Centennial One Object Exhibit

In celebration of the National Park Service Centennial in 2016, this exhibit highlights one museum object from Roger Williams National Memorial.

This sterling silver pocket watch was found within the walls of the Antram Gray House during restoration in 1980. It remains a mystery exactly why and how such a valuable item made its way into the walls. It may be associated with a watch shop that operated in the house from 1917 to 1969. This object is a fitting representative of the history of the Antram Gray House, which housed numerous local commercial endeavors throughout the 1800s and 1900s until it was acquired by the National Park Service in 1974.

Case portion of pocket watch. Hunter style with engraved cover. Crescent moon and star hallmark.This sterling silver pocket watch was found within the walls of the Antram Gray House during restoration in 1980. It remains a mystery exactly why and how such a valuable item made its way into the walls. It may be associated with a watch shop that operated in the house from 1917 to 1969. This object is a fitting representative of the history of the Antram Gray House, which housed numerous local commercial endeavors throughout the 1800s and 1900s until it was acquired by the National Park Service in 1974.

Roger Williams National Memorial, ROWI 4032

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Park museum staff from: Roger Williams National Memorial.

National Park Service, Museum Management Program Staff: Amber Dumler, Stephen Damm, Ron Wilson, and Joan Bacharach

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