Wanted: Historic Photos of Salter Grove

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The above view of Rock Island from what is currently known as Audubon Hill shows an interesting slice of Salter Gove’s history from the turn of the previous century.

At least three houses, long since gone, are visible on the island. Riverside, in the background, is already quite developed.

The circled trees are probably individuals of tree-of-heaven, which was introduced from China to the United States in the late 1700s as an ornamental plant. At Salter Grove, scattered individuals can now be found at the edge of the woodland south of the parking lot.

We would like to illustrate more of such historical changes in the Guide to Salter Grove website being developed. If you have photographs that you are willing to share we’d like to hear from you.

Please send scanned copies of your photos with all available information (dates, locality in park etc.) to guru@saltergrove.org. We would also welcome personal accounts of activities and times spent at the park in years past to add to our understanding of the park’s evolution. 

Warwick Downs Remembered: Memories of Salter Grove’s Past

The Warwick Athletic Club, purchased by the Brehanys in 1936 as a summer cottage. (Credit: The Bridge)

The Warwick Athletic Club in 1918, purchased by the Brehanys in 1936 as a summer cottage. (Credit: The Bridge)

Before it was called George B. Salter Memorial Grove it was known as Warwick Downs—a place where residents enjoyed swimming, boating, picnicking, and all sorts of outdoor activities amongst a community of small summer cottages along Narragansett Parkway. In 1993 one former Warwick resident, Margie Degnan, shared some of her summertime memories from Warwick Downs in an article printed in The Bridge, a local newspaper published by the Pawtuxet Village Association. Margie’s memories from the Grove recall a bygone time that seems all the more sweeter for its simplicity and focus on family and friends, and it’s wonderful to envision the area seeing so much use and enjoyment.

You can view a PDF of the article here or click the image below to see it full-screen.

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