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Armory of the Kentish Guards
U.S. Historic district
Contributing property
Kentish Armory, front view, East Greenwich, Rhode Island.jpg
Armory of the Kentish Guards is located in Rhode Island
Armory of the Kentish Guards
Location in Rhode Island
Armory of the Kentish Guards is located in the United States
Armory of the Kentish Guards
Location in the United States
Location 1774 Armory Street,
East Greenwich, Rhode Island
Built 1842
Architectural style Greek Revival
Part of East Greenwich Historic District (ID74000036)
NRHP reference No. 70000012
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Significant dates
Added to NRHP April 28, 1970
Designated CP June 13, 1974

The Armory of the Kentish Guards is a historic armory at Armory and Peirce Streets in East Greenwich, Rhode Island and is currently home to the Kentish Guards, a historic state militia organization.


The Kentish Guards were founded in 1774, just prior to the American Revolution. The Greek Revival armory building was constructed in 1843 with a $1,000 public grant from the Rhode Island General Assembly to the Kentish Guards for their aid in the Dorr Rebellion in 1842. In 1970 the building was added to the National Register of Historic Places.


The Armory contains a gallery of pictures featuring former members of the Guard. The original charter hangs on the wall as a lasting reminder and a memorial to those men who organized the Kentish Guards in 1774.


The Kentish Guards Armory may be visited on Tuesdays, when the militia company meets, and Wednesdays, when the fife & drum rehearses, both around 8:00 pm (except during holiday periods) and by special appointment. Visit for more information.

Notable Kentish Guards

  • James Mitchell Varnum, Colonel and First Commander of the Kentish Guards, general during American Revolution
  • Nathanael Greene, private in the Kentish Guards (rank limited due to a limp and lack of formal education), Major General during American Revolution
  • Christopher Greene, legislator, soldier
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