Revolutionary War times, Providence was essentially a a town with a street along a
harbor river area, with
a Back Street (now Benefit Street) running along at the top of the hill behind Water Street (now Main
Street"), and a main Great Bridge over the Providence River at the head of the
main harbor area, leading to another collection of waterfront buildings. The
colonial map drawn in 1790 at the side (click on it to enlarge to
view it) gives you the flavor of the town as it was in the 1700 to 1790
time frame (not much building took place while the war was going on).
Providence today is so much larger and full of so many more people and buildings
that in colonial times, that you have to have a map to find your way around.
Here's a sample.
Because Bucklins played such an important part of Providence area history before
1850, as you might expect,
there is a Bucklin Park on Bucklin Street in Providence, Rhode Island. If
you go there, use the thumbnails in this page; click on them, and thus enlarge
them to see where you are heading.
We have the names of two of the Gaspee Raiders (Bucklin and Mawney) involved in
the location of Bucklin Park. Bucklin Street, runs North-South, in an area
south-west of the location of the old Great Bridge. Near Bucklin Park is
Mawney Street, which runs East-West and crosses Bucklin Street.. Dr. John
Mawney was known to have his estate in what is now this "Olneyville" section of
Providence. We can thus reasonably suppose the Dr. Mawney had a house on
this street after the Revolutionary War.
Unfortunately, Bucklin Park is located in the
area that joins the two WORST neighborhoods in
Providence, that of South Providence and Olneyville. Therefore , you may
not want to visit the park. The thumbnail on the right shows the
substantial fence to keep people out of the south end of Bucklin Park, to
protect the West End Community Center building during the nighttime.
There are many Bucklin related buildings in the Providence area, in
more fashionable neighborhoods of today..
Click here to see photos of some.