The Town of Warren encompasses 400 years of significant history and architecture but by the turn of the twenty first century many of the most iconic and historic structures in Warren were in poor condition and suffering from years of deferred maintenance.
Some of the largest and most significant historic structures in Warren are owned by non-profits with declining memberships and the inability to provide the annual maintenance and restoration work required. In 2013 a small group of residents met and agreed to form a foundation, governed by a board of trustees with the mission:
To preserve and enhance the quality of life enjoyed by residents by protecting, restoring and maintaining buildings, structures, and open spaces with historical and architectural significance.
Marcia Blount runs a highly successful Warren business and has been an active volunteer in the town and state for decades. Marcia has served on the boards of Save the Bay, Warren Preservation Society and the George Hail Library. She is President and Chief Financial Officer of Blount Boats, Inc. a family owned shipyard founded in 1949 by her father and located on the Warren River. Marcia is a graduate of University of Wisconsin and earned an MBA from Columbia University. She owns and has restored a 1903 Queen Anne Victorian home on Washington Street in Warren.
Julie Blount is currently Vice President of Blount Boats, Inc. and manages Human Resources, Safety and Marketing. Committed to the Warren community, Julie has been a member of the Massasoit Historical Association and a founding member and President of the Warren Preservation Society. She currently serves on the Warren Harbor Management Commission and the board of the Bristol Art Museum. Julie holds a BFA degree from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. She owns and has restored an 1843 Greek Revival home on Wheaton Street in the heart of Warren’s historic district.
Jane Harrison has written grants totaling more than $1 million for environmental preservation and historic restoration in the Town of Warren. She has served on the Save the Bay Board of Directors, holding the offices of Chairman and Secretary, the Advisory Council of URI College of Resource Development, also as Chair, and the Advisory Board of RWU School of Science and Mathematics. She was honored with the Environmental Achievement award from Save the Bay, the Partner with Nature award from the Warren Land Conservation Trust, and a Lifetime Achievement award from the Town of Warren. She is Corresponding Secretary of the Warren Conservation Commission. Jane earned a BA in American Literature from Brown University and a MA in English Literature from URI. For many years she taught writing at Roger Williams University.
Barbara Hail worked at Brown’s Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology for thirty-four years, the last twenty years as Deputy Director and Chief Curator. She has authored and/or edited four books on the material culture of Native America and on museology and collecting. In addition to her role as a trustee of the Warren Heritage Foundation, Barbara currently serves on the Board of the Haffenreffer Museum, the Barrington Preservation Society as Chair of the Museum Committee, and the Adirondack Garden Club as Chair of Archives and History. She is president of the Brown/Pembroke alumni class of 1952. She is the widow of Edward G. Hail, great grandson of George Hail for whom the George Hail Free Library was named. Barbara studied History and Anthropology at Brown University and Cornell University (BA, MA). She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in her Junior year. She continued her study of American History at Columbia University on a Danforth Fellowship for Women in 1966-67.
Jerry Dauterive is professor of economics (retired) and former dean in the Mario J. Gabelli School of Business at Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI. Prior to his appointment at Roger Williams in 2008, he held administrative and faculty appointments in the College of Business at Loyola University New Orleans. In addition to past service as chair of the Bristol Economic Development Commission, Jerry has served on the boards of the East Bay Chamber of Commerce and the Mount Hope Trust in Bristol. He was previously a member of the New Orleans World Trade Center Board of Directors. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Texas Tech University. He lives in Bristol, RI. He currently serves on the boards of the Bristol Historical and Preservation Society and Preserve Rhode Island.
Alexander Scott has a fascination with Warren’s history and a deep commitment to preserving its built environment. For starters he owns and has restored the historic Eddy-Cutler House c 1806 on State Street in Warren. Alexander has been a member of the Massasoit Historical Association, founding member and President of the Warren Preservation Society and Vice Chairman of the Warren Historic District Study Committee. Additionally, he leads tours of the historic district. Alexander holds a BSME from Western New England University in Springfield, Massachusetts. Alexander served as Project Manager, Technical Director and Vice President of Engineering for General Dynamics, Gulf & Western and ITT Grinnell until his retirement.