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Our Town

Neighbors in Scituate became storytellers and filmmakers to capture the stories they wanted to tell in Our Town: Scituate. Eighteen stories have been woven together into a visual tapestry of nostalgia, humor, enterprise, history – even a surprise or two – all representing life in Scituate through the eyes of those who know and love it.

Our Town is a documentary project where neighbors and friends become filmmakers to tell the stories of their community.

The purpose of Our Town is to share the charm and character of Rhode Island’s towns and villages – particularly the untold stories that capture the essence of life there. Local storytellers and videographers are invited to choose their own subjects, capturing a town’s unique history and culture from the perspective of those who know it best. Rhode Island PBS is an open resource throughout the production process, and will ultimately stitch the stories together in a one-hour film.

Part fundraiser, part community builder, part documentary film, and part “day-in-the-life” scrapbook, Our Town offers a collection of local legends, historical events, and personal memoirs from the tight-knit community of Rhode Island.

Our Town: Middletown

Among the stories that will appear in the film: St. George’s School, Church of the Holy Cross, Middletown Public Library, Norman Bird Sanctuary, Prescott Farm and more.

Our Town: Charlestown

In this, our 9th installment of Our Town, we head southwest to Charlestown. Residents and community leaders there share with us the history, family pride, and points of interest that make Charlestown what it is today.

Our Town: Johnston

In this episode of "Our Town," filmmakers in Johnston, RI, capture stories of people, places, history, and even current events that make Johnston the town that it is today! From the Shang Bailey Roadhouse to the turmoil some wild turkeys caused in town, you will surely be entertained!

Our Town: Bristol

Stories included in this documentary: Audubon Society of RI, Bristol Parks and Rec, Linden Place, Bristol Oyster Bar, Roger Williams University, Train of Artillery Museum, East Bay Bike Path, Brito Family Home, Bristol Patriotism, and more,

Our Town: Smithfield

Stories included in this documentary: Smith-Appleby House, old Smithfield Airport, Smithfield Exchange Bank, Farnum House, Esmond Mill, Greenville Public Library, Audubon Society/Powder Mill Ledges, Mowry House, town seal designer Neil Salley, Christmas Parade and the Smithfield Fire Department.

Our Town: Westerly

Stories included in this documentary: Babcock-Smith House Museum, Westerly Masons, Westerly Library and Wilcox Park, Westerly Hospital, Watch Hill Merry-Go-Round, the Westerly/Stonington Thanksgiving Football Rivalry, #DStrong, and Annual Community events.

Our Town: West Warwick

Stories included in this documentary: The Divide, The Mills, Bradford Soap Works, The House on Maple, St. James Church, The Railroad, Union Cornet Band, Hometown Hero, Theater & Arctic, The Jaycees, A Central Library, The Fire Department, The Police Department, Historical Society and Community: Then and Now.

Our Town: Portsmouth

Among the stories in the documentary are segments about coaching (the horse and carriage kind); the Portsmouth High School Patriots Marching Band; Portsmouth's history and highlights of its 375th anniversary; the story of Julia Ward Howe, whose poem became the Battle Hymn of the Republic; Hunt Yachts; polo; meandering stone walls, and more.

Our Town: North Kingstown

Stories included in this documentary: 
The NK Community Chorus, Old Salt, Papa Pilot, Harbor Master, The Little Red Schoolhouse, In Labor of Love, Alvin Noss, the Wickford Art Festival, the Gilbert Stuart Museum, Smith Castle and the Historic Wickford Village.

Our Town: Glocester

Stories included in this documentary: 
From Grapes to Glass, The Purple Cat Restaurant, Chepachet of Yesteryear, The Bates Family, The Tavern on Main and more.

If you have any questions about meetings or timelines relating to this project, contact:

  • Jodi Mesolella - Director of Membership & Special Projects/Our Town, Project Director (, 401-222-3636 x 209)

If you have any questions about production or filming related to this project, contact:

If you are interested in helping support this show through sponsorship, contact:

If you are a member of the media and would like more information, contact:

  • Lucie Raposo-Director of Public Information/Media Contact (, 401-222-3636 x 216)