Built in 1891 as a memorial to Rowland Hazard, the Richardsonian Romanesque Hazard Memorial Building has stood watch over the village of Peace Dale for over a century. The interior of the building is as impressive as the exterior, and their extensive collection of South County materials is a must-see for anyone interested in the Hazard family, or in the history of South Kingstown.
Off to the right side of the impressive building is something even more impressive: a sculpture called “The Weaver” by Daniel Chester French. French is perhaps a bit more famously known for creating another lasting memorial:
In 1920, Caroline Hazard commissioned the sculpture as a memorial to her father, Rowland Hazard and her two brothers, Rowland Gibson and Frederick. “The Weaver” sculpture depicts a trio of weavers working their craft.
It is the only sculpture by Chester in the state of Rhode Island, and it is a highly impressive piece of art.
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