The House
That Love Built
     Stephen Hopkins Smith built his stately Federal style mansion in
1810 to impress a sweetheart
Now known as Hearthside, Smith's home welcomes visitors to discover the stories of the many families who lived there.
Hearthside is an award-winning historic house museum presenting historically themed exhibits and original programs. Costumed docents guide visitors on tours,
furnished throughout in period style. Hearthside is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and operates under the stewardship of the all-volunteer nonprofit Friends of Hearthside, Inc.
Hearthside is located along historic Great Road in Lincoln, RI, 10 minutes north of Providence.

Best Of New England 2017

The Friends of Hearthside is pleased to announce we have been recognized with an Editor's Choice Award as the "Best Historical Experience" in New England from Yankee Magazine for 2017.  Read the full press release.

Bringing History to Life

From the moment you step foot inside Hearthside, you sense that you’ve stepped back to a past era from interpreters dressed in period attire, sounds from the turn-of-the-century Edison phonograph, the smell of bread baking, and the warmth and ambience of this charming historic home.
Discover how exciting history can be for all ages, not just taking a look at the past, but how the past impacts our present and future. Check out our upcoming tours and events.
Repairing and restoring Hearthside is done with great care to maintain its historical integrity and so that this historic landmark is preserved for future generations. Read about our projects.
Learn the fascinating stories about the families who called this unique house their home and see what everyday life was like for them along the “Great Road to Mendon.” 
Our Latest News & Events
Hearthside is open for public tours and events on specific dates from March through December. See our calendar to plan your visit.
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