Greetings loyal readers, and welcome to the latest installment of this monthly feature brought to you from the good folks at Swamptown Enterprises, aided and abetted by my friends at the Narragansett Historical Society and Preserve Wakefield.

Once again, this passel of South County Swamp Yankees have selected some fascinating historic photos from each of our communities – photos that tell a story about North Kingstown, South Kingstown and Narragansett – and paired them up with a photo of that same place today. This month, we are looking closely at “watering the critters” back in the time when horses and oxen were both still a major mode of transportation and the primary piece of farm equipment.

As this is a monthly “howdy-do” from all of us to all of you, we are on the lookout for more intriguing images. So, if you love South Kingstown and want to stand up and be counted, or if you have a great old image of the community you think ought to be featured here, email preserve wakefield@gmail.com or visit www.pre servewakefield.org. If you are a tried-and-true, loyal Narragansett resident who feels similarly, email nhs1888@aol.com or visit narragan setthistoricalsociety.com.

The author is the North Kingstown town historian. The views expressed here are his own.

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