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About Tim Cranston

Today that long standing lineage, and inherent Rhode Island sense of place, is personified by Tim Cranston, self-proclaimed arbiter of all things “Swamp Yankee,” and local historian of Ye Old North Kingstown and South County, and all of Rhode Island. His popular local history newspaper column has run in the NorthEast Independent for more than fifteen years, and has won two RI Press Association "Spirit of RI" and two PreserveRI Education Awards. His work as a historian and preservation advocate through his non-profit corporation "Swamptown Enterprises" has garnered education and advocacy awards. The South County Tourism Council recently awarded Tim its South County ‘Starlight Award’ for his entertaining and educational walking tours and guided bus tours of the region and the NK Arts Council recently honored his work as the inaugural recipient of its Skog Award. Just this year, the Town Council of North Kingstown honored Cranston by naming him the Town’s very first official town historian. In 2013 PreserveRI and the RI Historic Preservation Commission honored Tim with the Antoinette Downing Award given, when warranted, to the State’s most successful preservation advocate. Tim is now working with the history department at the North Kingstown High School, aiding them in the development of a 12th grade level RI history course.
Latest Posts | By Tim Cranston
Captain Daniel Fones, Colonial Naval Hero
2 years ago

Captain Daniel Fones, Colonial Naval Hero

The name of North Kingstown’s own Captain Daniel Fones might be spoken in the same breath with as Thomas Tew, William Kidd, and Blackbeard. Fones’s skills as a sailor, his …
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David Sherman Baker and the Stolen Election of 1893
2 years ago

David Sherman Baker and the Stolen Election of 1893

By  •  Politics

Life, as anyone who has lived for a time can tell you, is fraught with irony. And sometimes, so it would appear, is death. A case in point is that …
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Vampires in Exeter? The Gruesome Tale of Mercy L. and Edwin A. Brown
2 years ago

Vampires in Exeter? The Gruesome Tale of Mercy L. and Edwin A. Brown

No doubt about it, at this time of year, South County’s most famous brother and sister have to be Mercy and Edwin Brown. One hundred and twenty-three years after their …
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Newport Philips: A North Kingstown Slave Negotiates his Way to Freedom
3 years ago

Newport Philips: A North Kingstown Slave Negotiates his Way to Freedom

I have no idea exactly when during the mid-eighteenth century that Newport Philips entered this world but I do know the ”where” and the ‘what” of his beginnings. What he …
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