Revitalized in recent years, America’s oldest indoor shopping mall boasts small apartments on its higher floors. Awakened society often visits here when not meeting in a more official location. The Free Council goes anywhere it wants to go but often here.
The First Baptist Church
Literally the first baptist church in America, it was founded in 1638 by Roger Williams after decades of public or home prayer services as parishioners wanted to avoid a reflection of vanity. In addition to weekly worship services, the Meeting House hosts concerts, talks, and lectures by world-renowned artists, performers, academics, and elected officials. Brown University holds commencement services at The Meeting House. The Silver Ladder – well-connected to Brown University – often meets here.
This seeming dive bar is known to be in Providence somewhere, yet few know where Chuck’s is, hidden from the street and without signage or social media presence. Like most bars of its ilk the lights are low, there’s plenty of spirits to be had, and its visitors are often regulars but its alchemical and occult affectations are impossible to miss. The Wise, however, know it to be a place they might congregate. There’s rumor the owner is a Sleepwalker, but others speak of an Awakened sibling, or mob ties after a favor done in the past. A back room or two allow just the right amount of privacy – at least mundane anyway.
Cranston Street Armory
This historic building of yellow brick was built in 1907 with crenellated turrets and decorative stonework. It hosted the RI National Guard until 1996 when it was purchased by the state. It’s been used for various purposes in politics, entertainment, and sports. Few know the Adamantine Arrow maintain the holding.
DePasquale Plaza, Federal Hill
An area known for its Italian community and delicious restaurants, Federal Hill is a central neighborhood within Providence. The area was originally called Nocabulabet, allegedly an anglicized version of either the Narragansett of Wampanoag tribal phrase meaning “land between the ancient waters.” Armed anti-federalists and farmers gathered here on July 4th, 1788 to stop celebrators of the ratification of the Federal Constitution by 9 out of 13 of the original colonies. Their conflict ended amicably as all agreed to celebrate instead the Independence Day, and Rhode Island would later come to be the final of the 13 to join the United States. One prominent area surrounded by eateries and shops is the DePasquale Plaza with central fountain. Of the roads that open across the state the Consilium has carefully watched for those that open here. Why that is, those that have been allowed to investigate do not say.
Prospect Terrace Park
The park was bequeathed to the city in 1869 by the neighborhood residents. Favored as “the jewel of the city”, it provides a rich vantage point of Providence, specifically downtown from its perch upon College Hill. Later in 1939 a 15’ tall statue of Roger Williams was gifted to the city by his descendant Stephen Randall. That same year the remains of Mr. Williams were moved and entombed beneath the statue. A hallow of sorts exists here but by what origin people are uncertain whether from resonance of Mr. Williams, the statue, or the people that visit. It is said any Willworker who has the good will of the city may find mana here.
The Providence Athenaeum
Two libraries came together to form this member-owned and supported library. The main floor and mezzanine host a myriad books. There’s reading rooms and even a private rare books hold. Well-behaved pets are even allowed at this library! It is open to the public but Awakened society is aware of its connections to the Diamond’s Mysterium.
Roger Williams Park
The “People’s Park” was created in 1871 after Betsey Williams bequeathed 102 acres of farmland and woodland to the city of Providence to be used for public purpose. A portion of the gift included land that was shared with her great, great, great grandfather, Rhode Island founder Roger Williams, by the Narragansett sachems Canonicus and Miantonomo.
Swan Point Cemetery
Established in 1846, the Swan Point Cemetery is a rolling 200 acres of garden, wooded land. Numerous structures exist on the grounds including mausoleums, crypts, and a chapel. H. P. Lovecraft and a number of RI politicians are buried here. Its rumored in Awakened society that vampires visit here often and will meet with you at Swan point.
In downtown Providence this urban park is set below the streets with the reimagined river system of old Great Salt Cove. There are cobblestone paths, Venetian riverways and bridges. From late spring to early autumn the popular Waterfire events are held. Restaurants line the park and concerts are common as street performers roam. It was during one of the Waterfire events that violence broke out and the mystery of the details has the Awakened talking.
The Witches Brew
Off Thayer St. down Fones Alley (past La Crepiere) is a small restaurant and bar popular with older locals, open all day and night. It’s specifically noted as neutral territory in the supernatural world. Those who break this policy face the judgement of those wronged. Three sisters own the Witches Brew and if there’s magic in their food and drink, no one’s complaining!
Rhode Island at Large
Arcadia Management Area
“At over 14,000 mostly forested acres, the Arcadia Management Area is the state’s largest recreational area, offering users a great variety of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Co-managed by DEM’s Divisions of Forest Environment and Fish & Wildlife, it is promoted as, and actively managed for hunting, as well as fishing, boating, hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding, to name a few activities.” Thyrsus mages are said to visit often and make frequent efforts to protect Arcadia. Update1: most of our group of Awakened met 3 alleged werewolves who claim their “tribe” call Arcadia their territory and protect such.
Chestnut Hill Cemetery, Exeter
South of Providence and behind a tiny white baptist church is the Chestnut Hill Cemetery, made infamous for the grave of one young woman: Mercy Lena Brown. Numerous documents exist and occultists often speak of the story of the 19 year old woman whose body was exhumed, found to be suspiciously well-preserved, and then destroyed. Family members had become sick with what Doctors know today to be tuberculosis but at the time of 1892 was considered the work of vampires feeding off the life force of the living. The public demanded certain rituals be done to fight the undead, possibly destroying the heart of the corpse and allegedly having the girl’s still-living and sick younger brother Edwin consume her ashes. Many visit her grave today to leave momentos, sign their name in a visitor’s book, or regard a bit of documented occult activity. Whatever the truth of the story the young boy Edwin survived…
East Matunuck Beach, South Kingstown
102 acres of sand, soft brush covered dunes, and low-stress waved shore, East Matunuck is a beach favored by locals, especially due to the limited parking making for limited crowds. The water is often warmer than not with an abundance of seashells deposited after a high tide. Men and women gather in the warmer months for morning yoga while couples might take a leisurely sunset stroll before heading to a nearby Oyster Bar for dinner.
Hope Artiste Village
Located in Pawtucket the Hope Artiste Village is one of the largest successful mill restoration projects in Rhode Island. It’s a hub of cultural activity fostering collaboration and innovation among a diverse community of creatives and professionals. Numerous businesses, designers, painters, theatre companies, craftspeople, and restaurants all dwell within this village.
Popular seaside city and tourist destination known for the historic mansions, sailing, Naval War College, and Salve Regina University. Its population swells in the summer months while quieting in the winter. Awakened from across the world visit Newport as tourists or occult explorers seeking the Mysteries hinted to in Lovecraftian works.