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The Stephen Hopkins House
Official Website

15 Hopkins Street (at Benefit Street)
Providence, RI 02903
401.421.0694


Open Saturdays, May through November, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Guided tours of the 1707 home of Declaration-signer Stephen Hopkins, his family and their slaves for four decades, offered May through November on Benefit Street’s “Mile of History”, a block from Brown University, the RISD Museum, and WaterFire. This 8-room house full of antiques and Hopkins heirlooms includes the bedchamber where George Washington slept, as well as a slaves’ room and gallery currently showing a collection of 18th century samplers.

Hopkins’ Gravestone Inscription

West side

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
THE ILLUSTRIOUS
STEPHEN HOPKINS,
OF REVOLUTIONARY FAME,
ATTESTED BY HIS SIGNATURE
TO THE DECLARATION
OF OUR NATIONAL
INDEPENDENCE.
GREAT IN COUNCIL,
FROM SAGACITY OF MIND;
MAGNANIMOUS IN SENTIMENT,
FIRM IN PURPOSE,
AND GOOD, AS GREAT,
FROM BENEVOLENCE OF HEART;
HE STOOD IN THE FRONT RANK OF
STATESMEN AND PATRIOTS.
SELF-EDUCATED,
YET AMONG THE MOST LEARNED OF MEN;
HIS VAST TREASURY OF USEFUL KNOWLEDGE,
HIS GREAT RETENTIVE
AND REFLECTIVE POWERS,
COMBINED WITH HIS SOCIAL NATURE,
MADE HIM THE MOST INTERESTING
OF COMPANIONS IN PRIVATE LIFE.

North side

HERE lies the man in fateful hour,
Who boldly stemm’d tyrannic pow’r.
And held his hand in that decree,
Which bade America BE FREE!
—Arnold’s poems

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