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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 08-08-2019

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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8 CUMBERLAND AUGUST 8-14, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION CUMBERLAND – Driving down Mendon Road toward Ashton Historic Village sits a small monu- ment that reads "Keefe Wall 1903," named after a former Cumberland town councilman. It's easy to miss if you're not looking for it. As part of improvements to the Ashton Historic Village, one of the designated sites of the Blackstone Valley National Historical Park, town officials are hoping to add an inter- pretive sign that provides information about the little-known Keefe Wall Monument, says Jonathan Stevens, the town's director of planning and community development. He said there's no date yet for when that sign will go up. The history behind the monument, located before the Store Hill Road sign, is "a little bit of a mystery," Stevens told The Breeze. A single slab of either granite or limestone, the four-foot monu- ment is named for Timothy Keefe, who was born in 1861 and died in 1927. In addition to serving on the Cumberland Town Council, Keefe, who was born in England, owned a grocery store in Ashton, which he took over from one or both of his parents, Stevens said, citing informa- tion from the book "Rhode Island: Three Centuries of Democracy" by Charles Carroll. As a councilman at the start of Town plans signage at historic Keefe Wall marker By MELANIE THIBEAULT Valley Breeze Staff Writer The KEEFE WALL MONUMENT, dated 1903, sits before the intersection of Mendon Road and Store Hill Road in the historic village of Ashton. the 20th century, Keefe "tenaciously endeavored for needed improve- ments in Ashton," which included getting the town to build a retain- ing wall to protect against erosion, Stevens said. He said that further research is required to determine whether Keefe's retaining wall still exists. As part of plans to improve and refresh the Ashton Village Gateway (the intersection of Mendon Road and Store Hill Road near Angell Road), officials want to clear over- grown vegetation, add plantings, and consolidate signage, according to a draft visual assessment of the village provided by Stevens. Adding a sign with information about Keefe Wall Monument is entirely consistent with the National Park Service, he said, by creating historical value by celebrating the features of Ashton Village that the public would find interesting. TIMOTHY KEEFE • Drive up easy access • 24 Hour Security • Security Gate Access • Great Prices & Service 678 George Washington Highway Lincoln, Rhode Island 02865 OFFICE: 401-334-8360 NOW OPEN If you need Space, We've got the Place! 10 x 10 & 10 x 20 Units Available First Month FREE When you mention this ad.

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