Mission: The Little Compton Historical Society preserves the history and cultural heritage of Little Compton for the enrichment and enjoyment of the general public.The Society fulfills this mission by:Maintaining and restoring selected local sites of historical significance including the Wilbor House property dating from 1690 and the early 19th century Friends Meeting HouseCollecting, conserving, and interpreting historical documents and objects linked to the houses, farms, and families of Little ComptonConducting education and outreach programs and issuing publications to share information and stimulate interest in the area's history
Programs: Museum program: the organization collects, preserves, and presents early landmarks of historical significance to the town of little compton for the education and enrichment of the community. Lchs maintains historic buildings including wilbor house, friends meeting house, archival barn,19th century barn, 19th century carriage house, peggotty artist studio, peaked top school, corn crib, privy, and the chicken food cookhouse. The collection includes approximately 13,000 objects, photos, and documents relating to the history of little compton.
the going to school in little compton project included research and oral histories that were shared with the public in an exhibit during the summer of 2014. The project was completed in collaboration with the wilbor high school alumni group. The information added to the archive is a permanent improvement to the historical society's collection. The project was an excellent fit to our mission because of the research and public programs it included concerning this area of little compton's history.
education program: the organization runs youth summer camps, school programs, and adult programs that serve to educate the community about the history of little compton. The education program serves approximately 500 participants per year.
the historic house project began in 2014 and will continue into 2015 researching, writing and exhibiting the histories of historic homes throughout little compton. The histories are being done in an untraditional way including women, children and servants and their contributions to the little compton community. The project furthers our mission because of the research, writing and public programs it includes concerning this area of little compton's history.