North Smithfield Heritage Association



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xWelcome to the North Smithfield Heritage Association

The NSHA was founded in 1970 with the mission of "identifying, acquiring, holding, arranging, restoring, maintaining, opening to the public with suitable regulations and preserving for posterity, places, tracts of land, and object of historical, educational, architectural, cultural and aesthetic value in North Smithfield." 

Our present membership numbers 135 and we welcome new members. Contact the names below to apply. Our services and the information we share is always available to the public.

 We maintain two historically significant buildings in Town: Heritage Hall (previously used as a "Grange Hall") and The Forestdale School House, aka "The Little Red School House."


Need a place to host an event?  We have function rooms available for your use.

Heritage Hall makes a wonderful spot to hold Birthday parties, Anniversaries, Showers, Meetings, Family Reunions, Weddings or a variety of get-togethers.

The North Smithfield Heritage Association has function space available at Heritage Hall, 101 Green Street, Slatersville. An historical building recently renovated to preserve its historical charm and increase its benefit to the community.

Facilities Available Include:

  • Main Hall with Kitchen
  • Conference Room
  • Lower Hall with Kitchen


  • Main Hall – Maximum of 100 –100 if chairs only, or 6 round tables of 8, or 6 long tables of 8-10
  • Conference Room – Max. of 18
  • Kitchens – Include stove and sink - no supplies/utensils
  • Lower Hall – Maximum of 50

Rental Fees*:

  • Main Hall: $225
  • Conference Room: $30
  • Lower Hall: $125

 *All rentals are for one day or part of a day/evening.

The N.S. Heritage Association is a non-profit 501c(3)and 509(a) organization. Donations, which are generally tax deductible, go toward building improvements.  Rental fees support building maintenance. 

To receive an application, visit the site, and/or reserve the building, or for additional information, please contact:

  • Louise Vanhouwe: (401) 769-8177 or
  • Jeanne Marion: (401) 447-1801 

The N. Smithfield Heritage Association reserves the right to review the facility use and reject or accept each application.


Pickets of Memories

The North Smithfield Heritage Association is eager to start sharing some of the history that has taken place at the "Little Red School House" and started a new program called Pickets of Memories. The goal is to have our beautiful white picket fence that is on the property, lined with plaques stating the names of past alumni and supporters of the historic schoolhouse.  

The plaques will be labeled in three groups. The first would be Alumni of the Forestdale School and the next two for supporter of the school house and would be listed as "Patron" as well as "In Memory Of" plaque.      

This is a continual program with pickets being available for $25. They are engraved locally by Dan Couture's Trophy Hutch. The plaques will be mounted on an on-going basis. 

Press Release with Program Details 

Picket of Memories Order Form