The Stephen Hopkins House
The Stephen Hopkins House
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TEMPORARILY CLOSED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS Take a tour of the 1707 home of Declaration-signer Stephen Hopkins, his family and their slaves, eight rooms full of antiques, Hopkins heirlooms and 18th century atmosphere. Learn about Rhode Island's own Founding Father and his house, the city's oldest, moved twice but virtually unmodernized, where George Washington was a guest in 1776 & 1781. Relax in our parterre garden designed by Alden Hopkins of Williamsburg. We're on Benefit Street between the John Brown House and First Baptist Church, a block from the RISD Museum, the Providence Athenaeum, the Brown campus and spectacular WaterFire. Open all year, Wednesdays 11AM to 2PM, April though November, Saturdays 10 AM to 4 PM, and year-round by appointment *** til 10 PM when it falls on FULL lightings of WaterFire (last tour at 9:30)*** Not 12/26th Tour highlights available in Chinese, Spanish, Italian, and soon French!
Duration: < 1 hour
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Susan R
11 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
We were greatly disappointed to make the trek to this historic location to tour it during the hours the website said it was open. It was not open at that time. While we were outside taking pictures at least 3 other groups arrived only to find out the house was not open.
Written 17 August 2022
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JNYCwriter
New York City, NY7,574 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Friends
This is an easy house to miss. In fact I walked past it several times not realizing its significance. There is a nice garden outside and some good views of downtown.
Written 25 June 2022
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Adventurer253407
Monroe, OH1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Stephen Hopkins was the founding father and governor of Rhode Island and signatory of the Declaration of Independence. George Washington had stayed at this house. Their are many gorgeous artifacts and heirlooms. The tour is fascinating and highly recommended.
This is NOT the house of Stephen Hawking the English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author - as one of the reviewers posted.
Written 14 January 2020
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Thank you! And yes, thank you or making that correction. Quite right.
Written 15 January 2020
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Stevie L
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Informative tour provided by dedicated volunteers. I've lived in Providence for nearly 20 years and have passed by this place many times. I'm ashamed to admit I never knew its history.
Written 9 December 2019
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Panorama Paranormal
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
Mr.H opkins himself brought our tour to life, not a boring, staid museum visit by any means.highly recommend.
Written 7 December 2019
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Rob K
Sanbornville, NH101 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
Took tour of Stephen Hawkins house will visiting Providence. Good history about Hawkins, his story and signing of Declaration of Independence. Tour is about an hour and is offered for free. Hours are limited, we got lucky to there when they were open.
Written 6 December 2019
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mesavage123
Alexandria, LA6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
So much history! Great tour with Alex, our fabulous guide. In a great location that we found just walking around the Brown area. And it’s Free!! We would definitely recommend!
Written 21 November 2019
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Thank you! Decades as a college professor helped to make Alex an amazing Docent!
Written 23 November 2019
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Robin D
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
We had a great experience when we stopped at the Hopkins’ house! Our tour guide Sue said she was new but she was outstanding!
Written 16 November 2019
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Thank you!
Written 17 November 2019
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Maureen M
Boston, MA5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
Katrina is extremely unfit to be a tour guide. It was a brutally painful experience. Very socially awkward and did not speak clearly.
Written 2 November 2019
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I am so sorry you didn’t have a good tour with Katrina. Usually she does very well, but perhaps you caught her on a bad day. We hope you will come another time to experience the Stephen Hopkins House.
Written 3 November 2019
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Andres72423
Bridgeport, CT4,755 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Family
When in Providence you should soak up the local history. Visiting the home of Governor Stephen Hopkins should be something you do. It is not a large home and the tour does not take more than an hour but it is worthwhile. When do you get a chance to visit the home of one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. The tour guides are very knowledgeable about the life and times of Governor Hopkins. Another reason to stop in is that there is no entrance fee; you are encouraged to leave a donation. One notable fact is that George Washington visited the home of Governor Hopkins.
Written 31 October 2019
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