Image of the Captain Stephen Olney house located in North Providence, Rhode Island.
In 1774, Captain Stephen Olney chartered a company of private militiamen--the North Providence Rangers--to defend the settlement in the event of war-with the British. Captain Olney attained prominence in the Battle of Long Island, the Battle of Princeton where he rescued James Monroe, who was to become the fifth President of the United States and at the long siege at Yorktown. After the war, he returned to North Providence to pursue farming and a political career. His well preserved home built in 1802, near the site of the old Olney Homestead his birthplace is no longer standing stands at 138 Smithfield Road. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Source: Rhode Island Historical Preservation Commission- Historic and Architectural Resources of North Providence, Rhode Island: A Preliminary ReportSee also:
Historic and Architectural Resources of North Providence, Rhode Island: A Preliminary report, 1978 April Inventory of the Town and City Archives of Rhode Island; North Providence, (no.4, vol. X), 1942 North Providence: A History and the People Who Shaped It by Paul F. Caranci