Jenks Park Cogswell Tower and Grotto
About This Site
Cogswell Tower is the defining symbol of Central Falls and the centerpiece of Jenks Park. Built in 1904 as a gift from Caroline Cogswell, wife of Providence dentist Henry Cogswell, the 70-foot. tower is the highest point in the city. Pawtucket architect (and one-year Central Falls mayor) Albert H. Humes designed the tower, which features a clock face on each of its four sides. Its observation balconies offer stunning 360-degree views that reach from the mills in Cumberland and Pawtucket all the way to the State House and the Providence skyline.
Cogswell Tower sits atop the historic Dexter’s Ledge, originally known as Quinsniket, from which Native American scouts spotted an approaching company of colonial troops during King Philip’s War in 1676. A brick barrel vault supports the structure and conceals a rarely-seen grotto at its base. Be prepared to climb stairs—lots of them.
Behind The Scenes
Climb the tower for 360 degree views of Central Falls and the surrounding area and explore the mysterious and rarely opened grotto upon which it stands, complete with an unexpected pool of crystal clear water.