Sometimes we travel just to enjoy the season. Having living in New England, a lot of times my family and I travel to neighboring states to seek particular scenery that becomes the uniqueness of the place and winter always feels special in New England. There are places in this region that promise us the magnificent views of winter scenery. Sometime ago, we decided to visit Providence which is the capital of Rhode Island during this season. We knew beforehand there would be snow storm coming when we had our trip, but it didn’t deter us. We departed some time before the storm started to the town in Massachusetts near the border to Rhode Island. When the snow storm hit, we were safe and sound in our hotel room. The next morning, the weather has perked up. The scenery after the snow storm is always the best one. The snow still lingered, the temperature didn’t feel as cold, the sun came out and the best yet was the bluest sky. The condition was really perfect to get marvelous pictures of the buildings with the snow all around and the blue sky as the background.
Our trip at that time was during the kids’ winter break. We’ve never been to Providence during winter. The first time we visited this city was to see the WaterFire which is the main event that’s been held here annually for several years and we came in summer. The city of Providence is among the oldest cities in America. Its history is significant to the movement to establish a place for people to have religious freedom and to be able to act accordingly to their beliefs. Roger Williams, a preacher, was a persecuted man and banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony because of his religious view that considered as progressive at that time. He then went searching for a place to live and he found it among Narraganset Indians. Williams bought some land from them that he and his men set up as a settlement and named it “Providence”. Providence became the main capital of Rhode Island in 1901, after sharing the function with Newport since 1854. The city became an important port in 1700 where whaling and shipbuilding were thriving, also the trade with China and the most significant trade that was known as “the triangle trade” that involved molasses, rum and slaves became big business.
Providence has many historic houses and buildings. The city’s most interesting and popular street is Benefit Street. Here, you will find many Colonial houses that are still beautifully standing. When the city grown economically, many of Providence wealthy residents built their houses with bricks and ornate style. There are plenty of wonderful brick houses you can find around College Hill. I always find that walking around Benefit Street and up-and-down College Hill is pleasing. Even during winter, after a snow storm, Providence gave the sight that no other cities could give. The mess that usually occurred when the snow accumulating on the sidewalks didn’t turn into an eyesore. The natural lights were plentiful at that time and made every corner looked dramatically bewitching. But a visit to Providence wouldn’t be complete without visiting to one of its museum which is Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Museum of Art. That visit will be on my next journal. Meanwhile, if you love architecture and history or simply love a pretty city like me, do enjoy my journal and photos.