Venture Out: Gilbert Stuart Birthplace, Roger Williams Park Zoo, Watch Hill

Revisit your younger days when you hopped in the car, started the engine and drove off in search of something fun. The Sunday Patch Passport maps out where you can go on a 15-, 30- or 60-minute drive from your home. You won’t want to miss these unique sto

Okay, so you've got out-of-town visitors and you want to take them somewhere special. The only catch is that you don't have much time. Where to go? Try the in North Kingstown.

Gilbert Stuart painted perhaps the most famous portrait of George Washington in existence. Not only that, but it's the most frequently seen picture of Washington - it's his portrait of our first president that appears on the one-dollar bill.

He was born at this exquisitely beautiful homestead that features not just the house he was born in, but an 18th century gristmill and a snuff mill. Stuart's father and a partner began milling tobacco for snuff in 1750. Up until that time, snuff (finely milled tobacco that men and women would sniff) was only milled in Great Britain. The mill at the Stuart home was the first snuff mill in North America.

The grist mill is equally fascinating. You can really see how industrialization was beginning through such innovations.

30-minute drive: If you've got a bit more time to spare, a wonderful 30-minute trip from EG (okay, a little less) is the zoo at Roger Williams Park. Check out the attached video for a tour of all the state's only zoo has to offer.

60-minute drive: For a 60-minute trip from home, Watch Hill in Westerly is a great place to bring the whole family! From the beautiful beaches, to the Flying Horse Carousel, to the quaint shops and restaurants, there is something for everyone.

First, check out the great shops on Bay Street and then head down to the Flying Horse Carousel to see if your children can grab the brass ring while ‘flying’ around the carousel! Next, head down to the beach and catch some rays and some waves while you dig your toes into the warm sand. Walk a little way down the beach to check out Ocean House, newly rebuilt to be a beautiful replica of the ancient hotel that once stood in its place.

On your way back to the car, stop by St. Clair Annex to grab some yummy ice cream. The locals say it's some of the best ice cream around!


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