Trip Start Feb 15, 2010
77Trip End Feb 14, 2011
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Anywho, today I visited the interior of the Rhode Island State House that I photographed outside the night before. Their capitol was built, like most, on a grand scale, but with much more wide open space inside that I have seen in many of the buildings
Leaving the State House, I made my way to a vistor's center to get a few recommendations and headed to the Roger Williams Museum. The museum itself was very small and located in only a portion of the ground floor of an older-looking house. The museum's namesake was the founder of Rhode Island, who was a firm believer in religious freedom and the separation of church and state. The colony of Rhode Island was actually established after Williams' ideas had become more and more unpopular everywhere he went. He was actually banished from Massachusetts and wandered south for many miles through the winter snow to live with natives he had befriended. The following year, he established Rhode Island as the first colony to establish itself on those principles which he so firmly believed in. His following words are engraved on the exterior of the capitol building: "To hold forth a lively experiment that a most flourishing civil state may stand and best be maintained with full liberty in religious concernments."
After the museum, I wandered through the older streets of Providence and stopped by Prospect Park which had a halfway-decent view of the city. I then continued on until finding a small Indian restaurant where I stopped for dinner.
With dinner finished, I walked back to the center of town along Riverfront Park and made my way to the Providence Place Mall where I went to a showing of the movie Kick Ass. I thought the movie was pretty funny, but I doubt many of the older readers of this would share that sentiment. In any case, I enjoyed it, and then drove onward to Newport, RI.