The historic property, officially known as the Anthony-Kinney Farm, received federal recognition recently for its contributions to the history of agriculture, architecture, community development, entertainment and recreation. This past June, Edward F. Sanderson, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission, announced that the National Park Service has added the farm to the National Register of Historic Places - the Federal Government’s official list of properties throughout the U.S. whose historical and architectural significance makes them worthy of preservation.
In continuous agricultural use since the 17th century, the Anthony-Kinney Farm was redeveloped for recreational use at the turn of the century. Today, the property’s open fields, stone walls, agricultural buildings, and distinctive Bungalow represent the evolution of Point Judith Neck from fertile farmland to rural outpost of Narragansett’s resort community.
On Thursday, Aug. 29 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., the Narragansett Land Conservancy Trust and Narragansett Historical Society will host a special event at Sunset Farm to celebrate the property's achievement. All are welcome to attend the function, during which guests will have an opportunity to learn more about the fascinating history of Narragansett's last functional farm.
“South County has long blended its history with the pleasures of summertime leisure," noted Sanderson. "The history of Anthony-Kinney Farm exemplifies this local tradition and has become a landmark of Narragansett’s heritage.”
The National Register nomination for Anthony-Kinney farm was prepared by Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission Historian Sarah Zurier. In addition to honoring a property for its contribution to local, state, or national history, listing on the National Register provides additional benefits. It results in special consideration during the planning of Federal or federally-assisted projects as well as Federal tax benefits for historic rehabilitation projects.