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Children's Hour - Cancelled This Week due to Funeral Services

Tomaquag Museum will be closed on Wednesday, July 17, 2019, in honor of the the late Eleanor Spears Dove.  Eleanor Freda “Pretty Flower” Spears Dove, age 100, the eldest member of the Narragansett Tribal Nation, of Arcadia Road in Richmond, Rhode Island made her journey to the spirit world on July 13, 2019 encircled by the love of her family in her home. Eleanor stood as a matriarchal pillar within her community. She was a long-time supporter of the Tomaquag Museum, providing a home to the museum in 1969 adjacent to the then renowned Dovecrest Restaurant, owned by Ferris and Eleanor Dove. The Tomaquag Museum partnered with the restaurant on events and thanksgiving celebrations in the 70s and 80s. Even after the closing of the restaurant, Eleanor Dove continued to support the Tomaquag Museum. Without her efforts, the museum may not still be here today. 


Visiting hours will be held from 5-8pm on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at the First Baptist Church of Hope Valley, Rhode Island.  A celebration of life will be held on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 10:00am at the First Baptist Church, graveside service to follow at First Hopkinton Cemetery, Chase Hill Road, Ashaway. In lieu of flowers the family asks you to consider making a donation in Eleanor’s name to the Tomaquag Museum, 390 Summit Rd. Exeter, RI 02822.

Please join us for Children’s Hour as we resume on July 31st.

Children’s Hour at Tomaquag Museum is a FREE public program held every Wednesday morning from 10:00-11:00 am for children of all ages. Each week features a different interactive lesson. Through music, dance, storytelling, crafts and Narragansett language, museum educators focus on Indigenous New England history, culture and art.

Thank you to our sponsors from USDA Rural Development Grant and Rhode Island State Council for the Arts! For more information, contact us at 401-491-9063 or email