Military History & Memorabilia

Welcome To The Varnum Memorial Armory

Headquarters of the Varnum Continentals

6 Main St., East Greenwich, RI, 02818 • 401-884-4110 • Contact - Business Manager


The Varnum Continentals built their Armory in 1913 in the medieval architectural style. The armory is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A 1984 State Historical Building Survey described the Varnum Memorial Armory as remaining in perfect original condition. Among the key architectural details are the towers, the massive double doors, the multiple arched windows, and the wonderful crenellated parapet along the roofline.

The armory serves as the Varnum Continental's headquarters and contains an extensive Military & Naval Museum which has been acquired through donation and purchase. There are ample facilities for private and public functions. It has a large drill hall (40 x 110) capable of seating several hundred, as well as a dining room, meeting rooms, a balcony display area, and several offices.

Among the items of interest in the Military museum are:

  • Military weapons & artifacts from the 16th century to the present
  • Collection of over 600 original WWI & II posters from the United States, France, England and Canada
  • Official museum collection of the 76th Infantry Division, covering its activities from WWI to deactivation in 1994
  • Colt Model 1883 Gatling Gun and Limber and several artillery pieces from the Revolutionary War to WWI
  • Historic military uniforms
  • Historic military pictures, including RI Militia units, Civil War, etc.
  • Extensive military library including training manuals, histories, uniforms, equipment and weapons
  • Historical documents including militia commissions, appointments, land titles, etc. dating from the 17th century, including documents signed by Washington and Governor Stephen Hopkins, who later signed the Declaration of Independence
  • RI Train of Artillery leather helmet worn by Capt/Lt. Benijah Carpenter when he was killed at the Battle of Long Island August 27, 1776
  • Military medal and ribbon collection
  • Collection of pictures of early coastal steam packets
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