Discover Wanskuck Park, a 25-acre park on Woodward Avenue (off Branch Avenue) in the northern part of Providence. Picturesquely sited opposite an English country-style church (squint and you could be in the Cotswolds), and bounded by a long stone wall, Wanskuck Park is a urban surprise. We will walk the park to discover the tangible remains of its 19th-century history as the estate of Rhode Island School of Design founder Helen Rowe Metcalf (1830-95) and her husband, Jesse Metcalf (1827-99), who in 1862 established the Wanskuck Company textile manufacturing enterprise. In 1948, this site was donated to the City by the widow of former U.S. Senator and Rhode Island Foundation founder, Jesse Metcalf (1860-1942). Louisa Sharpe Metcalf (1866-1959) stipulated as part of the gift that the ancestral house be torn down. If there’s extra time, we will walk down Woodward Avenue to look at some of the surviving 19th-century houses and the 1866+ church.