Thomas Fenner House

The Thomas Fenner House or the "Sam Joy Place" is an historic stone-ender house on 43 Stony Acre Drive in Cranston, Rhode Island. It is one of the oldest surviving houses in Rhode Island.

The house was built as a farmhouse around 1677 after King Philip's War. The house was added to the National Historic Register in 1990. It is privately-owned and is not open to the public.

The Thomas Fenner house was built by Captian Arthur Fenner for his son Major Thomas Fenner.

Captain Arthur Fenner first home was burnt to the ground in King Phillips War where he was appointed Captain of the militia and was "one who staid and went not away" in the defense of Providence. His original homestead was built in 1662. After the war, he rebuilt his home in 1677 and he also built, for his son, the Major Thomas Fenner house. It is an historical landmark located on Stony Acre Drive in Cranston, R.I. The "Fenner Castle" stood until 1895 when the chimney was demolished His grandson was Governor Arthur Fenner who donated a piece of wood from the "Fenner Castle" for what is now the RI Mace. He did so to honor his grandfather, Captain Arthur Fenner who so bravely defended Providence from the Indians. My reference for this is from The Rhode Island Historical Magazine, Sketch of Capt. Arthur Fenner of Providence, A paper read before the RI Historical Society, March 23 and April 6, 1886 by Rev.J.P. Root. - (Source

References and external links
  • Cranston Historical Society information about the house
  • An audio slideshow about the Fenner house

Building Activity

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