A free, family-friendly virtual event hosted by

East Providence Area Chamber of Commerce 

2021 - 11th Annual Watchemoket Square Day - RI Dept. of Health guidelines and restrictions for Rhode Island events are being monitored and will assist in determining a date for this year's event which has been held in person or virtually in the Fall.

Last year's event was held with virtual activities of popular topics. 

10th Annual


October 27, 2020

A virtual presentation via Zoom      

Interview with Dr. David Weed discussing: (Click on YouTube image below)

  • Updates on the Sowams Heritage Area Project

  • Pokanoket Tribe

  • A new publication Pokanoket: The First People of the East Bay








Video referenced in 10/27/20 presentation. Please enjoy this 58-minute video at your leisure.

The Untold Story of Sowams       https://youtu.be/AqiUmbBahDo

For more videos and presentations by Dr. Weed, please visit his YouTube Channel.

DavidStanleyWeed YouTube Channel


October 28, 2020 

Virtual presentation via Zoom

The Future of Watchemoket Square


Presented by Jim Moran, chief planner

East Providence Economic Development & Planning

Topics included:

  • First Street Bike Lane Project

  • Follow-up on the revitalization of Watchemoket Square that was discussed with the general public on January 15, 2020 at Tockwotton on the Waterfront. Individual interviews and research were also conducted to create a final report that will be presented at a later date. 

  • Multi-model transportation improvements for the Waterfront Gateway District

Thanks to Dr. David Weed and Sowams Heritage Project, there is a 90-minute video and photo highlights from the January 20, 2020 community meeting at Tockwotton on the Waterfront.

In the Fall of 2020, Governor Raimondo announced the Take It Outside initiative to get people to enjoy the outdoors and keep socially distant as we live with the COVID-19 crisis.

Things to Do during Watchemoket Square Week (or anytime)

We encourage you to explore the Watchemoket Square Area on your own.

Three, different self-guided Walking Tours created by East Providence Historical Society are available via foot or vehicle.  Walking Tour Details here


Topics and Locations

  • "Queen Anne Land" Walnut Street/Cross Street/Summit Street

  • Watchemoket Houses on Fourth, Fifth & Sixth Streets

  • Watchemoket: Potter, School, Purchase, Freeborn Streets

Bring your bicycle and take a ride on the East Bay Bike Path (Map here)

Visit the local food & bar establishments including Black Duck Tavern at 31 Warren Avenue. Experience their creative response to taking their business outdoors with a beautiful patio designed for a fun and enjoyable dining experience.


Drive over to Bold Point Park at the end of Waterfront Drive. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the beautiful view of the water, Providence skyline, I-Way Bridge and more.

Be Safe. #InItTogether

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Bold Point Park and Green Jacket Shoal

East Providence, Rhode Island

Thank you East Providence Historical Society, City of East Providence, Dr. David Weed and all of our sponsors for supporting this event.

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