Hipses Rock is on private property in Johnston, RI, but owner Anthony Ricci has invited the 17th Century RI MeetUp group to visit it along with two historic cemeteries and a blacksmith shop that he maintains. Anthony will give us a brief history of the Rock that became the replacement to the original Neutaconkanut Hill boundary in the mid 1600s. A deed shows Roger Williams’ son, Daniel, owning the property and then transferring it to Thomas Harris’ heirs. A close friend of Williams, Thomas was the brother of William Harris, who had many legal disputes with Williams. After our visit, we’ll drive about ¾ mile to look at an Indian quarry, a source of steatite (soapstone), a relatively soft stone easily workable into containers. A study of the site conducted in the mid-1980s concluded that the quarry was probably worked in an organized manner, to produce containers in a variety of size. Items made from this quarry have been found across southern New England.