The Warren Heritage Foundation announces the first House, Studio and Garden Tour, titled Behind Closed Doors. This walking tour grants access to sites within a tightly knit downtown area, allowing visitors to park their cars and stroll from one tour site to the next, pausing for lunch at one of the many fine restaurants scattered downtown. Behind Closed Doors is Saturday, June 24th, 10 to 4.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 the day of. You can buy tickets with the button below, or in advance in-person at Nick Haus (51 Broad Street) or DISH (155 Main Street).  Tickets and maps indicating the sites included on the tour will be provided the morning of the 24th at the Methodist Church (25 Church Street).  Important tour information below.

To inaugurate this new event, the Warren Heritage Foundation will also host a special Patrons' Pre-party, to be held in the gorgeous Smith Waterman House, circa 1820/1880, at 32 Broad St, Warren, RI hosted by Glenn Marr & Wayne Patenaude.  This truly special home will not be included in the general tour the following day. Heavy hors d'oeuvres and complimentary wine and beer will be served. The Patron’s Pre-party ticket affords access to not only entrance that evening but one ticket to the House, Studio and Garden tour the following morning. The Patron’s Pre-party will be held Friday, June 23rd, from 6PM to 9PM, and tickets are $75.  Limited tickets will be available at the door the evening of the event.

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Learn about the sponsorship opportunities for the event here.

Important tour information
1. Tour is rain or shine -- no rain date.
2. Ample free parking available on–street, in municipal parking lots or at the Pure Haven Warehouse at the top, northern end of Water Street.
3. Restrooms available at the Methodist Church, (which is also the Check-in & Ticket sales), located at 25 Church Street & at the Allison Newsome Showroom, 74 Baker Street.
4. We welcome children over the age of 10 and small children if they are carried.

Inside the Properties
1. Tour is self guided, with support from house guides and volunteers.
2. Expect uneven walking surfaces and or stairs.
3. This tour is not handicap accessible inside the buildings as many of the properties are private homes & gardens. The tour route is however, accessible to all.3. Flat shoes only, no heals as many of our homes have delicate floors.
4. Some homeowners will require shoe removal.
5. No smoking, eating, drinking, photography, video or cell phone conversations inside properties.
6. Garden & exterior photography is allowed.

We encourage our guests to visit the many retail shops and restaurants in our village and tour neighborhood. For more information, visit

Past Events  


Oysters at the Beach!

We are excited to announce that the Warren Heritage Foundation is hosting its annual gala on Saturday September 10th, 2016. This years event, Oysters at the Beach!, will be held on our very own Town Beach.

Come and join us and enjoy oysters, hors d'oeuvres and cash bar all while enjoying the most beautiful views of the sunset on the East Bay. Bid on one or more of the items in our auction, or win a special treasure in the raffle. This promises to be an unforgettable night, and all proceeds go directly into preserving the important historical buildings of our town.


Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 6PM to 9PM: Locally sourced oysters, plentiful food stations, live music, raffle and live auction, cash bar with bubbly, wine, beer, and signature cocktail!  Featured an illustrated history of the founding of Rhode Island's oyster industry, right here in Warren.


Steak Dinner at Harbor Lawn, the Private Sister-Mansion to Blithewold 
Saturday, November 2nd from 5:30-8

     -- seating was limited to 40 for this event.
     -- guests visited and toured the grounds of this breathtaking waterside mansion on Narragansett Bay
     -- guests enjoyed gourmet steak dinner on the terrace and in the mansion     

     -- wine, beer, light hors d'oeuvres were served


Warren Tree Talk Dinner featuring Local Celebrity Chef Cooking Locally Foraged Mushrooms
Thursday, November 7th, 6:30 -- 10PM
     -- this event hosted 10 guests
     -- held at the home of Brandt Heckert and Eileen Collins, with one of the most important 
        and largest beech trees in the East Bay
     -- cocktails and hors d'oeuvres were served beside the beech tree
     -- tree talk with an
Chris Fletcher from Bartlett Tree
     -- dinner by
Brian O'Donnell, to feature locally foraged mushrooms
     -- dessert by Pastiche


Hunter's Moon Dinner + Tour of Warren Historic Sites 
Saturday, October 19th (the Hunter's Moon night), 6:30 -- 10PM
     -- this event hosted 10 guests

     -- held at the Wheaton House, 90 Union St. (pictured above)
     -- cocktails and hors d'oeuvres were served
     -- a tour of important buildings of Warren was given by local historian David Harrington
     -- harvest and wild game dinner prepared by Joe Simone