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Old Stone House Ruins in Scarborough State Park

Posted by Stu On August - 26 - 2009

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This place can be found along the water in Scarborough State Park.  We noticed it coming back from the Block Island Ferry.  Really not much to say, other than it’s impressive oceanfront ruins.  Poison ivy abounded here; luckily I managed to avoid it.












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17 Responses

  1. Doc Rob Said,

    Sights like this never fail to amaze me–not only that they’ve withstood the test of time but that they involve no form of “modern” construction at all, yet are not only durable, but aesthetically pleasing–look at how neatly the window and door frames are done, and the circular window frame is cut. All this with hand tools, and likely little more than eyeballing angles and such. Compare this to some of the more modern ruins and the states their in…it just boggles the mind (in an utterly cool way, mind you. 🙂 )

    Posted on August 30th, 2009 at 12:21 pm

  2. Lorraine Schoch Said,

    I think the whole place is beauitful,except for the poison ivy.


    Posted on September 15th, 2009 at 6:20 pm

  3. SlowCode Said,

    This house belonged to friends of my parents. Forgotten the name. Have also forgotten the year of the fire. But they were at their winter home in Naples, FL and a caretaker burned it down. As is often the custom of gentry, they left it as was and moved on. It wasn’t their only beachfront property.

    Posted on October 18th, 2009 at 2:53 am

  4. Alex Cramer Said,

    This place is straight out of The Legend of Zelda. Its The Temple of Time/Sacred Grove. I absolutely love this place so much you dont even understand.

    Posted on July 3rd, 2010 at 1:51 am

  5. Rick Barber Said,

    Thank you SlowCode, I was wondering about the History of the House! I previously enjoyed a PhotoShoot there as is evdenced on my Modeling Portfolio! I shot with a Model, Amy, from Chepatchet, RI once! We had such a Blast Shooting there an now my current GF is interested in Shooting there too! We explored the Brush in it yesterday; guess I ‘ll have to cut some of it down since no one seems to care for it!

    Thank you for the Heads-up about the Poison Ivy!!!

    I was hoping that someone in town was responsible for Upkeep!! LOL! I guess not!

    It could be an interesting Toursit attraction! god thing it isn’t for my Purposes!!!

    My GF and I shot many Images of it yesterday despite all the Brush inside!

    BTW—I enjoyed your Photos here displayed! Great Job!!!

    ~~~Rick Barber, Fashion Photographer, in Scituate, RI.

    Posted on April 15th, 2011 at 6:32 am

  6. Rochelle Dube Said,

    Thank You for all the beaatiful photos and comments. I am intrigued by this stone carriage house and want to learn more about the house that was burned down. I took numerous photos on 04/14/11 of the the stone structure. ( I will try to get the photos linked to this page)So cool!

    If I discover anymore information about the house , I will post it here.
    Rochelle Dube

    Posted on April 15th, 2011 at 11:58 am

  7. karenlm Said,

    my family spent many summers at a home near Scarborough beach. we explored and knew the stone house well and were so sad went it burned down. always hoped it would be restored. my mother especially loved the architectural style with the stone facade and while I was in art school I used our old photos to paint an oil painting for her of the original structure.
    I think it might have burned down in the 60s or early 70s. we couldn’t quite remember.
    I’m curious and wondered if the state took it over.
    glad my mom asked me to research it and will have to do more!
    terrific shots and glad to hear people are still exploring the gorgeous area and coastline!

    Posted on February 28th, 2013 at 6:36 pm

  8. David Fontaine Said,

    I also grew up spending summers at Scarborough. I recall a very beautiful house perched on the cliff overlooking the ocean. I guess it burned down in the seventies and the stone ruins of the barn are all that remain. I have desperately been searching for an old photo of the house before it burned. If anyone has one in their collections I would really like to see it.

    Posted on October 6th, 2013 at 2:32 pm

  9. Bob Snee Said,

    My parents rented a house every summer off of Knowles Way (above what was Lido Beach) during the mid 60’s to mid 70’s. I remember the old house before it burned down, (sometime in the 70’s) and would love to see a picture of it too

    Posted on May 21st, 2014 at 5:25 pm

  10. Matt Said,

    What happen to it?

    I looked at it. Was it a house or a barn, how big was it

    I would love to see the pictures of the house before the fire

    Posted on July 8th, 2014 at 2:19 pm

  11. Jake Said,

    I took some great photos of the site with my drone today. I just saw a website that claimed this building was a carriage house which was damaged by a hurricane in ’38. Does anyone know which explanation is correct?

    Posted on June 23rd, 2017 at 11:52 am

  12. Ken Said,

    There is a YouTube video by Indian Lake House Films which catches a glimpse of the remains of the building. There may be more info available at their web address.

    Posted on November 12th, 2017 at 5:15 pm

  13. Scott Abramson Said,

    I have to disagree with Slow Code on here. I know this is from almost ten years ago but that is not the story at all. This was once a house for three brothers that were fisherman. I don’t know much more than that but that is a story that is certain. I doubt these were friends of your parents.

    Posted on February 3rd, 2018 at 6:38 pm

  14. Nancy Coggeshall Said,

    A picture of that particular “cottage,” along with its neighbor, appears in Sallie W. Latimer’s book “Narragansett in Vintage Postcards ” on P. 91 at the bottom. Neither structure was a carriage house. I have no idea what destroyed these two summer homes. Okay, I gather there was a fire in the 1970s, but were they inhabited? I don’t remember their being inhabited when I was a kid.
    The beach area nearest them was always bestrewed the large amounts of seaweed, so much so that that portion of the beach was called “stinky beach.” There was reference to that name as early as the late 19th/early 20th century. And I sure remember the smell going to Scarborough.

    Posted on March 14th, 2018 at 12:37 pm

  15. Nancy Coggeshall Said,

    Correction: I looked more closely at the photo in Sallie W. Latimer’s book. That photo indeed appears to be a carriage house.

    Posted on March 14th, 2018 at 12:48 pm

  16. Mocha Said,

    The fire department deliberately had burned the house down .

    Posted on February 5th, 2019 at 6:20 pm

  17. Kathi Said,

    There is a youtube video about the site and it’s history

    Posted on December 5th, 2019 at 11:40 am

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