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Documentary, Watch Hill:
Portrait of a New England Seaside Village:

The film is based on the highly regarded book Watch Hill Through Time written by Chaplin B. Barnes, which chronicles the evolution of the shore community of Watch Hill Watch Hill Through Time was published by the Watch Hill Conservancy in 2005.

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The Watch Hill Conservancy is pleased to post two books published by the Conservancy.

These are the Conservancy’s history of Watch Hill, Watch Hill Through Time, by Chaplin Bradford Barnes, published in 2005, and its history of the architecture of Watch Hill, Watch Hill Style, by Richard C. Youngken, in collaboration with Chaplin B. Barnes, published in 2009.

The books are posted here to permit those interested to view and read. They are both property of the Conservancy, and no reproduction of any of the materials therein is permitted.

Both books are available in hard copy from the Conservancy office, 222 Watch Hill Road, Watch Hill, RI 02891, 401.348.6540, as well as at selected shops in Watch Hill and Westerly. Copies are also available at the Westerly Library.

Please note that the electronic text of Watch Hill Through Time may vary slightly from the text of the printed book.

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(Hardcover, 240 pp. $80)

Watch Hill Through Time

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In 2005, the Conservancy published a history of Watch Hill, Watch Hill Through Time: The Evolution of a New England Shoreline Community, by Chaplin B. Barnes. Watch Hill Through Time chronicles the evolution of a Rhode Island shore community from its geological origins, through its phases as an Indian encampment and a colonial fishing and farming community, to its heyday as a fashionable Victorian hotel and cottage colony, and ultimately to its twentieth-century maturity as a unique family summer resort. Woven into the fabric of this ecological and social history are tales of heroism, of wars, marine disasters, fires, and hurricanes, as well as glimpses into the lives of some of those who have shaped Watch Hill’s development. Handsomely illustrated, it is a key to knowing Watch Hill.

(Hardcover, 240 pp. $80)
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(Paperback, 56 pp., $25)

Watch Hill Style

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By exploring individual design elements-doorways, roofs, porches, windows, textures, and materials - Watch Hill Style helps us understand the architecture that makes Watch HIll, Rhode Island so visually engaging. In limited printing, and lavishly illustrated with color photographs capturing a very private place, this book is a real treasure that teaches as well as entertains.

“Watch Hill Style is a delight! I encourage everyone who loves architecture, especially neighborhood architecture, to take up this book not once, but again and again…”

Trudy Coxe, Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director of the Preservation Society of Newport County

(Paperback, 56 pp., $25)
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MERRY-GO-ROUND Photo: Deb Stallwood