Prescott Farm, Middletown, RI 12/31/16

Just up the road from Newport is Prescott Farm, site of a Revolutionary War raid that captured British General Prescott without a shot fired. This site has a number of restored farm buildings, including a windmill used for grinding grain.

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This is the guardhouse, which didn’t do too good a job of guarding General Prescott:

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The windmill has two huge mill stones, doubling its productivity. This coastal region relied on wind power while inland mills dammed streams to harness water power. img_9450

The farm does have a little stream:

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There are demonstration gardens showing the typical 18th century gardening techniques. The walkways around the beds use broken seashells for gravel:

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The stream empties into a pond where ducks struggled to climb onto the ice:

 

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