Events Calendar

Thursday, October 18
3rd Thursday Hike: Crawley Preserve
Place: Crawley Preserve
Time: 8:30 am
Join us for our 3rd Thursday hike! October's hike will be at the Crawley Preserve.
Crawley Preserve hosts three well marked and well maintained trails on 99 acres straddling two towns: Richmond and South Kingstown, with most of the property (84.2 acres) in Richmond. The Preserve was acquired in 2003 as a joint project of the Richmond Rural Land Conservation Trust and SKLT, and funded by the Town of South Kingstown and The Nature Conservancy. The trails pass though upland forest of beech, oak and the occasional white pine.
For directions, please visit

Saturday, October 20
Thewlis Clean Up Day
Place: Thewlis Woods
Time: 9:00 am
Looking to play in the dirt? Join us Saturday, Oct. 20 at 9 a.m. to clean up our popular neighborhood trail at Thewlis Woods. This 27-acre parcel features stands of eastern white pine, scarlet oak, and beech. Turkey, coyote, fisher, and many other animals find food and shelter on this property. The 0.8-mile hiking trail, built in 2006 by John Tarasevitch as an Eagle Scout project and generously funded by the Daughters of the American Revolution, gives hikers access to this beautiful property. Free coffee and donuts will be served. Bring family, friends, gloves and clippers. All ages welcome! Please let us know you are coming by emailing or call the office at 789-0962. Directions can be found here.

Sunday, October 21
SOLD OUT! Peace Dale Mill Studio Tours & Cocktails
Place: Peace Dale Mill, 1425 Kingstown Rd., Wakefield
Time: 3:00 pm
Tickets to this event have SOLD OUT! Thank you everyone for your interest! Have you ever sipped a cocktail or visited the winter farmers’ market and wondered what lies on the top floor of the Peace Dale Mill? Here’s your chance to find out! On Sunday, October 21st from 3:00-6:00 pm, join noted furniture maker and SKLT trustee Tim Philbrick and fellow artisans as they open their studios for an afternoon of drinks, conversation, and studio tours. Their exquisite artistry, craftmanship and design encompasses furniture, costume designs, historic clocks, and architectural restoration all housed in an historic mill building of equal grace and style. All proceeds benefit the Land Trust. Studios include: Tim Philbrick Studio Furniture; Corwin Butterworth Custom Furniture; Black Forest Custom Woodworks; Old School Antiques; and A. Garfield Architectural Restoration.

Wednesday, October 24
The Great New England Vampire Panic
Place: SKLT Barn
Time: 6:30 pm

Exeter, Rhode Island, 1892: After a large exodus of residents, only 900 people remained in this nearly deserted rural village. Frightening and mysterious sicknesses repeatedly struck families throughout town. Residents searched for the cause and reached the unusual conclusion that the culprit was Mercy Brown: 19-years-old, recently-deceased and a vampire. Dozens of supposed vampires were identified throughout New England during this century-long panic, now believed to have actually been caused by tuberculosis or “consumption.” Dr. Nicholas Bellantoni, former Connecticut State Archaeologist, will explore his study of this folk belief and a possible vampire burial discovered nearby. Discussing the incidence of consumption and the great fear it inspired will be public historian Dr. Mary Babson Fuhrer. An exhibit of medical artifacts from the Center’s collection will be on display before and after the program. Halloween treats will be served following the program under the full moon. This program is presented in partnership with the South Kingstown History Center. This program is presented as part of the Center's series "Resilient Rhode Island: Disasters & Determination in the Ocean State."  The series is made possible through major funding support from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, an independent state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities seeds, supports and strengthens public history, cultural heritage, civic education and community engagement by and for all Rhode Islanders.

Photo: The Boston Daily Globe, January 27, 1896

RSVPs encouraged so that we have enough ghoulish snacks for all! or call 401-789-0962 x205

Saturday, November 3
All Ages Hike & Park Rx
Place: Browning Woods Trail
Time: 10:00 am
Join us for an all ages hike in our largest land holding through pine and oak forest and past amazing stone walls. We will hike about 3 miles, though you can shorten your outing to about 1 mile if desired. Kids and leashed dogs welcome! This monthly hike on first Saturdays is part of a new Park Rx initiative in which healthcare providers in South County are joining a national movement to "prescribe” taking walks and spending time in nature for better physical and mental health. Click here for a trail map of Browning Woods.