Armory of the Kentish Guards
The Armory of the Kentish Guards is a historic structure in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. Built in 1843, it serves as the home for the Kentish Guards, a militia group chartered by the colony of Rhode Island in 1774. Today, the guards still operate according to their original charter, and are often asked to participate in historical, patriotic, and ceremonial duties. The governor has the authority to activate the group for duties, the most recent of which occurred in 1994 when the USS Rhode Island was commissioned. The armory was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.
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