Roger Williams National Memorial
Roger Williams National Memorial commemorates the life of the founder of Rhode Island and a champion of the ideal of religious freedom. Williams, banished from Massachusetts for his beliefs, founded Providence in 1636. This colony served as a refuge where all could come to worship as their conscience dictated without interference from the state. The Memorial is located on a common lot of the original settlement of Providence and includes 4.5 acres of landscaped park.
Seasonality / Weather
The visitor center at the Memorial is open seven days a week.
Off Season Hours: 9 am - 4:30 pm
(Columbus Day through Memorial Day)
Summer Hours: 9:00 am - 5 pm
The visitor center is closed January 1, Thanksgiving, and December 25.
New England weather is subject to rapid change. Temperature during the summer is 80-90s, winter 20-40s and spring/fall 50-70s. Wear appropriate clothing and shoes for outdoor activities, based on the season.
Roger Williams National Memorial is located in Providence's College Hill Historic District. From Interstate 95 North or South, take the Downtown Exit, 22C; Turn left at the first light onto Francis Street; Continue to the next traffic light(the State House will be right in front of you). Turn right onto Gaspee St. ; Turn right at the next light onto Smith Street; Turn right at the next light onto Canal Street; Cross the three traffic lanes on Canals Street and immediately turn left into the Memorial parking lot.
Public Transportation - Roger Williams National Memorial can be reached by RIPTA bus with a stop directly across North Main Street from the Visitor Center. The Providence train station, within two blocks of the Memorial has service both from Amtrak and the Massachusetts Bay Tranit Authority (MBTA).