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Join RIHS for weekday walking tours after work in June!

DSC_0595Get to know the fascinating history of the downtown neighborhood, surrounding both sides of the Providence River. On Tuesdays, June 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th at 5:30 PM, the Rhode Island Historical Society is leading a series of half-hour walking tours, starting in front of William Raveis Real Estate, 203 South Main Street, across the street from Cable Car Cinema. Tickets are just $5 per person.

The first tour on Tuesday, June 4th will explore “The Beginning: Towne Street to (South) Main Street.” You’ll understand why the east bank of the river stood as the city’s center of trade and commerce until a series of events lured the financial district away to the western shore. You’ll also hear about how the waterfront neighborhood has evolved in recent decades, and you’ll have a chance to experience it for yourself!

Following the tour, relax on South Main Street, savoring a glass of wine at Bin 312 or the Wild Colonial; shopping at Touched by Green, Shoppe Pioneer, or Marc Allen; dining at Bacaro, Mile & a Quarter, or Pakarang; or settling in for a film at the Cable Car. You can also take in the view of South Main Street from the Financial District at Circe, Pot au Feu, Hanley’s Ale House, The Red Fez or Ten Prime Steak and Sushi.

For more information on the Rhode Island Historical Society’s summer programs, visit