Rebecca Maxwell Phillips House // 1804

This massive Federal style mansion was built in 1806 as a wedding present house for one of James Maxwell’s nine daughters, Rebecca (1787-1861). Rebecca married a man named William Phillips. The home was paid for by Maxwell’s slave trade wealth and featured the finest finishes on the exterior and interior. The property includes two lots with the eastern lot comprising a large garden, originally designed for Rebecca, which was planted with exotic Japanese Beech trees.

3 thoughts on “Rebecca Maxwell Phillips House // 1804

  1. WARREN MIDDLE PASSAGE PROJECT September 12, 2020 / 9:18 pm

    I made notes on this post last week correcting the information that was not accurate. I wish the person who handles this site would contact me for discussion since there is no contact information here. My blog had contact information. We are all trying to post correct history, I can help on Warren sites.

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  2. Buildings of New England September 16, 2020 / 1:12 pm

    Feel free to message me on Instagram with any corrections regarding my posts. I checked my IG post and this, and found no ‘notes’ that you reference in your comment.

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  3. WARREN MIDDLE PASSAGE PROJECT March 19, 2021 / 10:28 am

    This is actually the James Driscoll House which was owned by him and his wife Hannah Maxwell. An error in the 1975 survey of Warren’s historic district
    ( http://www.preservation.ri.gov/pdfs_zips_downloads/survey_pdfs/warren.pdf)
    mixed up two of the Maxwell daughters and misidentified this house as being owned by Rebecca. Although Driscoll was in business with his father-in-law James Maxwell, we have found no records that show him being involved directly in the slave trade. Although legend has it that James bought “wedding present” houses for all his daughters, only James Driscoll’s name is listed on any Town records related to this property.

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