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Welcome to the 17th Century

People10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Space 2,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

Overview

About the property

Enjoy the unique experience of sleeping under the same roof as early RI settlers

Built in 1677 the Major Thomas Fenner House is the oldest home in the Providence Plantations and one of the few original “stone-enders” in existence. The 2400 sqft 4 BD 2 BA home sits on 3 acres of land siding to Stone Pond. When you turn down the long driveway from a 1970s residential neighborhood you will find a tranquil setting among ancient trees bringing you back to a time of early colonial Rhode Island.

The home was built a few months after King Phillips War in which the settlers homes were burned to the ground. Originally built as a 2 ½ story 18.5” x 18.5” post and beam frame home on a field stone foundation with a massive stone fireplace. The original fire room, sleeping chamber, attic and basement are very much as they were built. In the 1700s additions were added to the south and west and in the 1920s a dormer was put on giving it a Salt Box style and an indoor bathroom.

The home served as a residence, court, meeting house and tavern. Google Major Thomas Fenner Bear to see his original recipe for beer.

The Home was entered into the National Register of Historic Places in 1990 and is the jewel of early Rhode Island homes.

The current owner brought the home back into the Fenner Family in 2006 after a 90 year hiatus with the mission of continuing its preservation for another 330 years. In 2015 the owner decided to make the property available as a vacation rental to help it support itself and to allow the public and architectural and historical scholars greater access to the home. The home is furnished with antiques, period, reproduction furniture and colonial in style. The furnishins provide the ambiance of a historic home while still providing it's guests a comfortable stay with the modern amenities (indoor plumbing, four flat screen TVs wifi and alarm system), that don't interfere with the home's historic nature. Keep in mind this home may have been five star when built, but rustic is a better description today.

Among the architectural wonders of the house is the massive field stone chimney on the north side of the house which is why these homes are known as “stone-enders”. The attic window to the left of the chimney is the size of the original windows which had triangular panes of glass imported from England. The post and beam construction is of old growth virgin timbers. Check out the size of summer (wood beam over fireplace) by opening the door to the utility room and looking up to your left. This is also where the switch to the spot light that illuminates the fireplace is located. The fireplace is 10 feet wide and over 5 ½ feet tall. To open and close the flue push up and pull down the metal bar visible on the right hand side of the fireplace. The granite beneath, in front of and siding fireplace is the original kitchen. A heavy metal bar can be seen by looking up the chimney. This was used to hang pots to cook as well as three legged pots sitting in the coals such as the one in the back left hand side of the fireplace. You can see the shallow beehive oven in the back of the chimney which fell out of fashion as a result of too many women catching their dresses on fire while cooking. The large floor joists which can be seen in the basement were placed only 5 inches apart and those joists are given the credit for the home still standing after 338 years. In the attic can be seen the distinctive scars of lumber which has been “pit-sawn”.

It was a new England tradition to gift newlyweds two sugar maples to plant in their backyard so they would have maple sugar for life. The maple trees behind the house were likely planted in the 2nd half of the 19th Century. When in the breakfast nook look out the window to your left to see the maple tree with the swing, then look at the photo next to the window with the two girls (Dolly and Ruth Stone) taken circa 1900. Same tree ... different swing. The branch the swing is hung from is dead so please don't use the swing. The pantry next to the breakfast nook has been moved from the left of the main fireplace, but it is the original 1677 pantry.

During a Standard Rate period reservations of less than 7 days will only be accepted within 30 days of occupancy or when it immediately proceeds or follows an existing reservation. Feel free to make an inquiry anyway, because I may have another guest I'm about to book immediately proceeding or following the dates you have requested.

As you can imagine a home of this age has some features unique to what guests might be used to. Some doorways are low, thresholds are high, steps are steep, and cracks in the 1677 wide plank flooring would make high heels a nightmare. A 1929 Elmsford gas stove is the centerpiece of the kitchen. The cook top has an open pilot, so do not place anything flammable of top of the stove. The controls for the oven are on the right hand side of the stove.

Among the famous descendants of Major Thomas Fenner was Governor Arthur Fenner who was in office at the time Rhode Island ratified the Constitution. Rhode Island was the last state to do so because Governor Fenner held out until he was promised that the Bill of Rights would follow shortly thereafter. He was likely one of the Gaspee Raiders, but dodged a subpoena and was never formerly accused. His son, James Fenner was a US Senator who resigned his post to run for Governor of Rhode Island when his father died. James was a graduate of Brown University in 1789 and was #1 in his class. He was elected 7 times serving a total of 14 years.

Rhode Island shows its brightest foliage in October. Western and northern Rhode Island are heavily wooded. Blackstone Valley region includes the towns of Pawtucket, home of Slater Mill, the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution in America. The Blackstone Valley Explorer river boat offers trips on the river into mid-October. Beautiful foliage will be on display at Roger Williams Park and Zoo in Providence; and at Blithewold Mansion & Gardens in Bristol. In South County, a great scenic drive is Route 1 and Route 1A from Westerly to Wickford. Rhode Island shows its brightest colors in October. Western and northern Rhode Island are heavily wooded. Blackstone Valley region includes the towns of Pawtucket, home of Slater Mill, the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution in America. The Blackstone Valley Explorer river boat offers trips on the river into mid-October. Beautiful foliage will be on display at Roger Williams Park and Zoo in Providence; and at Blithewold Mansion & Gardens in Bristol. In South County, a great scenic drive is Route 1 and Route 1A from Westerly to Wickford.

We charge $50 for credit card processing which is the average amount we are charged. If you would like to pay by check that $50 fee will be waived.

Our policy is to only allow reservations of less than 7 days when the guests arrival is within 30 days or immediately proceeds or follows an existing booking.

More Details

Owner
Richard Arthur Fenner
Member since: 2009
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
16 October, 2017

About Richard Arthur Fenner

Richard and Kathleen are originally East Coasters. Richard from New England and Kathy from Delaware. They are living in Southern CA now and work in residential Real Estate. They have one handsome son living and working in London in the political/economics field

Richard Arthur Fenner purchased this house in 1976

Why Richard Arthur Fenner chose Rhode Island Coastal

Richard has been involved in genealogy for a number of years which led to him learning of the existance of the Major Thomas Fenner House built by his 7th great grandfather Major Thomas and his father Capt. Arthur. He contacted the owners and let them know if they were ever to sell he would be interested. Even though the Home is on the Registry of Historic Places that does not provide protection. At the time the owner's were ready to sell there was also a developer looking to buy the property and build a condo complex in place of the House. The owner's picked a great time to sell to which means Richard picked a bad time to buy ... the peak of the Real Estate market in 2006. Anyway ... enough whining. He loves the House and hope you do too.

What makes this house unique

Absorb the ambience of living in the 1600s, but with modern bathrooms and kitchen. Spring in Rhode Island is a time of reawakening with trees budding, flowers emerging and bears awakening from their dens (just kidding). The summer months are generally delightful particularly when you have five A/C units for the occasional too hot and humid days. Rhode Island shows its brightest colors in October. Western and northern Rhode Island are heavily wooded. Blackstone Valley region includes the towns of Pawtucket, home of Slater Mill, the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution in America. The Blackstone Valley Explorer river boat offers trips on the river into mid-October. Beautiful foliage will be on display at Roger Williams Park and Zoo in Providence; and at Blithewold Mansion & Gardens in Bristol. In South County, a great scenic drive is Route 1 and Route 1A from Westerly to Wickford. Winters in Rhode Island are crisp and clear with a fair amount of snow. Luckily we have a plowing service to keep access to the property open at all times and a 2015 gas heating system with dual zone NEST thermostats to keep you comfortable when indoors.

Location

Nearest Airport
8.2 Miles
T. F. Green Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.4 Miles
Ralphs Restaurant 1418 Plainfield Pike
Nearest Ferry
18.41 Miles
Martha Vinyard Ferry
Nearest Golf
6.4 Miles
Cranston Country Club
Nearest Train
5.36 Miles
Providence Amtrack
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
295
Nearest Restaurant
0.4 Miles
Ralphs Resturant 1418 Palkinfield Pike
Nearest Ski
64.68 Miles
Wachusett Mountain Ski Area
Nearest Beach
11.6 Miles
Gaspee Point Beach
Car: necessary

Turn down a long driveway from a 1970s residential neighborhood and you will find a tranquil setting among ancient trees bringing you back in time to early Colonial Rhode Island. Only 5.6 miles from downtown Providence, 5.7 miles from Brown University, 6.1 miles from Johnson & Wales, and 5.5 miles from Rhode Island School of Design.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Cranston in Providence County

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 1 up - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Storage Closet
  • Two bathrooms. Downstairs bath has shower. Upstairs has shower over tub. Gas heating system installed May 2015. The contractor states that 3-4 ten minute showers can be taken per hour.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 3 up - 2 Single Bed
    Master - 1 Large Double Bed , with TV
    Bedroom 4 down - 1 Large Double Bed , with TV
    Bedroom 2 up - 1 Large Double Bed , with TV. Stairs to attic double as a closet
  • Four Bedrooms- three with a queen size beds and one with two twins One bedroom with a queen bed is on the first floor where there is also a 3/4 bath and laundry facilities. If more than 8 are staying the guests must provide their own air bed linens and towels.
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Garden
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • bay fishing

Reviews

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5

Beautiful home with an interesting history.

  • 5 of 5

I rented this home for my family to come out for my wedding. From the moment they opened the door they were in awe. The Fenner family does a wonderful job explaining the history as well as protecting the integrity of the history within the home itself. I was able to visit briefly and loved every nook and crannie of the home, and my family explained the history to me as if it were their own. They are interested in making this a yearly retreat as it was an amazing time. Truly a walk back in time. Amazing. Thank you Fenner family.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Amazing vacation - like living in history!

  • 5 of 5

We can't say enough lovely things about this house and the grounds. What a perfect vacation getaway!

We were four adults and two kids, and there was tons of room for all of us. Being in the house itself is like stepping back through time, but with all modern conveniences. So charming, spacious, and well-equipped. We especially loved the "fire room" for hanging out. The downstairs bedroom was remarkably soundproof, even with children up early and excited to explore.

The grounds were lovely, too--loads of room for running around, playing catch and frisbee, and outdoor dining. The location is close to the Roger Williams Park Zoo, the Children's Museum, and all other attractions in Providence. Several nice dining options nearby as well (we especially liked Cucina Rustica).

Thanks again for a perfect stay...we'll be back!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 13, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

A step back in time

  • 5 of 5

The house is just as described in the listing and as the pictures indicate. For the history and antique buff, you may never want to leave. This home served as the base of operations for 6 adults during a birthday celebration in mid-September. In many ways it's a once in a lifetime oppurtunity to step back in time and appreciate our American heritage. My only suggestions would be to provide more comfortable seating in the living area, where 4 people can snuggle in, but any more than that have to rough it. Also, do not expect a full lineup of television channels to watch, it's pretty much basic cable (but the free wi-fi and technology can get you around that pretty easy). All in all, if you are looking for a reasonably priced alternative for a large gathering of people (say 6 - 8), you really can't go wrong with the Fenner House.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 29, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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The house was wonderful.

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay very much. It was a true home away from home.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 28, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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steeped in history

  • 4 of 5

We just returned from a visit... husband, daughter, granddaughter (all adults) and enjoyed our stay in what once was my 8th great grandparent's home. What a thrill that was! To just sit and take in the huge fireplace and the enormous beams, the aged floors, etc. and imagine it was again around 1680 and Major Thomas and Dinah were sitting where I now was, discussing what had happened that day. It was absolutely a step back in time.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
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Great historical house.

  • 5 of 5

This is a great historical house near many things to do in Providence.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Cranston, Rhode Island

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
Thanksgiving 2017
22 Nov 2017 - 25 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
£940
for 3 nights
From
£266
£1,492
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
 
Christmas 2017
22 Dec 2017 - 26 Dec 2017
4 night minimum stay
£1,206
for 4 nights
From
£266
£1,472
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
 
New Years 2017-2018
29 Dec 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
£879
for 3 nights
From
£245
£1,370
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
 
Johnson Wales 2018 Graduatio
18 May 2018 - 20 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
£756
for 3 nights
From
£204
£1,492
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
 
Brown Graduation 2018
25 May 2018 - 27 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
£965
for 3 nights
From
£274
£1,492
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
 
RISD Grad. 2018
1 Jun 2018 - 3 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
£781
for 3 nights
From
£213
£1,492
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
 
June 2018
4 Jun 2018 - 2 Jul 2018
3 night minimum stay
£671
for 3 nights
From
£176
£1,492
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
 
4th of July 2018
3 Jul 2018 - 6 Jul 2018
3 night minimum stay
£756
for 3 nights
From
£204
£1,492
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
 
July & August 2018
15 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
3 night minimum stay
£671
for 3 nights
From
£176
£1,492
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
 
Labor Day 2018
1 Sep 2018 - 3 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
£769
for 3 nights
From
£209
£1,492
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
 
Thanksgiving 2018
21 Nov 2018 - 24 Nov 2018
3 night minimum stay
£953
for 3 nights
From
£270
£1,492
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£622
for 3 nights
From
£159
From
£176
Fri,Sat
£1,124
£3,210
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning £102.22
CC processing £37.86 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit £378.6
Tax Rate 8.0%

Payment by check is preferred. Please contact owner regarding credit card and Paypal payments.

A 3% fee on the total will be added to all US credit card payments. 5% on Canadian and European credit card payments. To avoid this fee you may pay by check.

Reservations of less than 7 days will only be accepted within 30 days of occupancy or when it immediately proceeds or follows an existing reservation.

Cancelation Policy:
50% refund for cancellations within 14 - 30 days of arrival
100% refund for cancellations 30 days or more before arrival

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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