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RI Department of Environmental Management
235 Promenade Street, Providence, RI 02908
(401) 222-2771 TDD/(401) 222-4462

For Release: February 12, 2002
Contact: Gail Mastrati 222-4700 ext. 2402
Stephanie Powell 222-4700 ext. 4418

DEM TO HIGHLIGHT HANNAH ROBINSON TOWER AT RHODE ISLAND SPRING FLOWER AND GARDEN SHOW
Live Beehive Exhibit Back by Popular Demand

PROVIDENCE - Rhode Island's secret treasures is the theme of the Department of Environmental Management Division of Parks and Recreation display at the Rhode Island Spring Flower and Garden Show this year. Visitors will be able to climb a 20-foot replica of the Hannah Robinson Tower and experience a scenic springtime vista representative of Rhode Island's state parks, along with a bird's-eye view of this year's flower show.

Large photo panels hung from the ceiling will allow those who climb the tower replica to experience the same view through the trees of the Newport and Jamestown Bridges and the South County landscape seen by those who climb the real Hannah Robinson Tower. Those who do not wish to climb the tower can experience the view through a monitor on the ground.

The 40-foot Hannah Robinson Tower, located at Routes 1 and 138 in South Kingstown has been a landmark for Rhode Island beachgoers and tourists for more than two generations. Affording views of the Providence skyline, Beavertail in Jamestown, the Newport Bridge and the South County coast, the wooden structure, which served as an observation tower during World War II, annually attracts thousands of visitors. The rock at its base is known as the sad rock, the crying rock and the meditation rock. Legend has it that in 1773, Hannah Robinson, abandoned in Providence by her ne'er-do-well husband and gravely ill, stopped at the tower to view her ancestral home in South County on her way back to it. The next day she died at age 27 surrounded by her family.

The 1,500-square-foot exhibit at the Rhode Island Spring Flower and Garden Show will include a replica of the crying rock. The springtime setting will include daffodils, iris and forsythia, enhanced by a meandering stream.

The exhibit was conceived and built by staff from DEM's Division of Parks and Recreation, with contributions from Abar Photographic and Electronic Imaging Center in Providence, Central Nurseries Inc. of Johnston and Park Avenue Cement Block Co., Inc. of Cranston.

DEM's Division of Agriculture will also be present at the flower show, with a number of free consumer brochures and free recipe cards, as well as the live beehive that was an instant hit at previous spring garden shows. Demonstrations will be given on beekeeping and on extracting honey from the hive.

The Rhode Island Spring Flower and Garden Show will be held Thursday, February 21 through Sunday, February 24 at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence. Show hours are from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

More information about Rhode Island state parks and the Hannah Robinson tower and legend as well as information from DEM's Division of Agriculture and Marketing can be found on the Program section of DEM's website, www.state.ri.us.

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