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The Hicks House (originally the John Earle House), was built circa 1715 on a three acre plot on Bristol Ferry Road, Portsmouth, RI. It was moved from Bristol Ferry Road to its present location in 1970 and restored in 1971 by NRF. The house was originally built by John Earle Jr. who purchased the land for 100 pounds from his cousin.

The home is thought to have been used, in its earliest period, by the ferrymen who operated the boat between Portsmouth and Bristol at the site of the current Mt. Hope Bridge. Very little is known about the home until 1855 when it was inhabited by a Robert Hicks and his 10 children. It is a very simple structure of two rooms and an only partially usable loft space. The building is a great example of a typical home for a low income family in the 18th century.

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Photo of the house before restoration.

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