The Governor Stephen Hopkins House is a museum and National Historic Landmark at 15 Hopkins Street in Providence, Rhode Island. The house was the home of Stephen Hopkins, a governor of Rhode Island and signatory of the Declaration of Independence.Add The Stephen Hopkins House to your Providence travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Providence sightseeing planner .
The Stephen Hopkins House is an L-shaped, 2½-story, wood-framed structure whose main block was built in 1742–43 for Hopkins, with an attached two-story ell whose first floor dates to 1707. The main block is four bays wide and two deep, with the main entrance in the second bay from the left. This entry is a 20th-century alteration; the original main entrance was through a doorway on the west side of the ell.
The interior of the main block has the main parlor on the right and Governor Hopkins' study on the left, flanking a central hallway with stair. Behind the parlor is a keeping room, with a small bedchamber behind the study. There are five bedrooms on the second floor, two with fireplaces. The downstairs fireplace mantels are paneled, with the one in the parlor slightly more elaborate.
The 1707 house was purchased by Stephen Hopkins in 1742 and enlarged into its present size. It served as his home until his death in 1785. During these years, he served in the colonial assembly, as a justice (first associate, then chief) of the colonial high court, and as governor of the Colony of Rhode Island from 1755 to 1757. The house is the only significant structure associated with Hopkins' life.
The Stephen Hopkins House Reviews
While passing and exploring from the UK, like some others, we were offered a free tour. Definitely take up that offer! Really interesting little historical gem right in the middle of the historic cent... more »
We were walking with my friend and a lady invited us to visit this house. We were offered free tour as well which was surprising. The guy was very knowledgeable and told us alot of interesting facts o... more »
It was like a small trip in time to the 18th century, lovely little museum full of history
Great historic house tour. Knowledgeable tour guides. Free open house tours on certain waterfire nights.
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