BH&PS WINTER LUNCHEON: An Archeaological Glimpse into Bristol's 18th & 19th Century Rum Distilleries


The Bristol Historical & Preservation Society's Annual Winter Luncheon will feature guest speaker, Suzanne Cherau, senior archaeologist at The Public Archaeology Laboratory, Inc. "The Past is Present: An Archeaological Glimpse into Bristol's 18th & 19th Century Rum Distilleries" will focus on the 2007 discovery of early 19th century remains of a rum distillery under the Belvedere development on Thames Street in Bristol. Cherau directed this important dig which uncovered evidence of Rhode Island's participation in the Triangle Trade. The wooden vats were where the rum was distilled from molasses for shipment to Africa in trade for slaves.

$40 per person, limited seating and pre-registration is required. Luncheon choices are: 1) Chicken Piccata, 2) Baked Fish with Bread Crumbs, 3) Pork Tenderloin with Brown Gravy, 4) Vegetarian Eggplant Parmigiana. Meal also includes minestrone soup, garlic mashed potatoes, vegetables, dessert (mud pie) and coffee. Cash bar will be available. RSVP to the BH&PS as soon as possible as seating is limited. Call 401-253-7223 or email Reservations may also be made online with PayPal by visiting the Society's website at

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