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Gilbert Stuart Birthplace & Museum
815 Gilbert Stuart Road, Saunderstown

 

You may know of the museum, waterwheels, and mills, but tucked into the back of the 23-acre property is a lovely nature trail.

Along the well-marked and maintained trail, you’ll enjoy beautiful views of the 57-acre Carr Pond and streams, scenic overlooks of the marsh, stonewalls, historic cemeteries, and the chance to catch a glimpse of wildlife, including dozens of bird species. There’s also a guided tour of the gristmill and birthplace.

 

Length: less than 1 mile
Difficulty: easy for kids
Map: GilbertStuartTrailMap
Dogs: to protect the fragile ecology of the grounds, please leave your dogs at home
Accessible by Public Transportation: within 1.2 miles
You might want to bring: pad and crayons or colored pencils to sketch like Stuart himself
Note: There is an admission fee for the buildings and grounds. The grounds and museum are only open from early May through October, and hours are variable; call ahead for days and times.

Click here for an extensive list of guidelines for hiking with kids.
Click here to visit the Gilbert Stuart Birthplace & Museum website.

Get directions or follow ours: From the North: take Route 95 South through Providence to exit 9, Route 4 South. Route 4 South merges with Route 1 South. Take the exit for Route 138 East toward Jamestown and Newport. Take the first exit to Route 1A South toward Narragansett. Take your third right onto Snuff Mill Road and follow signs to the Museum. From the South: take Route 95 North to exit 3, Route 138 East. Follow Route 138 East past URI to Route 1. At the traffic light, turn left onto Route 1 North. Proceed about two miles and turn right onto Gilbert Stuart Road.

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