|The Richmond Historical Society is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1968 by Lucy Rawlings Tootell. The purposes of the society are to:
• further the study and collection of the oral and written history of the region
Richmond, a town of approximately 50 square miles in Washington County(South County) Rhode Island is bounded by the Wood, Queen, and Pawcatuck rivers and was founded in 1747. It was primarily an agricultural area composed of a number of mill vilages.
• the town's role in the civil war
Officers for the year 2010 are:
• President - Richard Wolke
The Society's extensive archives are located at the Clark Memorial library. The archivist is Patricia Millar and the genealogist is Vera Robinson. The Society owns and maintains two buildings: the Bell School and the original Richmond Town Clerk's Office in the historic village of Carolina. It has, in conjunction with a member and the R.I.Historic Preservation and Heritage Commission, placed a marker at the historic stone dam in Hope Valley. It will assist those who own historical houses in placing such markers. Further, the Society presents an award annually to the outstanding history student graduating from the Richmond Elementary School.
The Society has published three books, two of which are still in print and available. They are:
• Driftways into the Past a history of Richmond published in 1977