Follow the Road to Rhode Island!!!

36th Annual Reunion and Meeting
Providence, Rhode Island
September 16 - 18, 2016

When the Salem witch trials were finally ended, branches of the Towne, Nurse, Esty and Cloyce families made a fresh start on the frontier in south central Massachusetts. Moving first to Framingham and later to Oxford, these early pioneers battled harsh conditions and hostile Indians to carve out a new life for themselves. The daily struggle for survival made them a strong people, and many of their descendants would go on to serve with distinction in the French & Indian Wars, the War for Independence, and the Civil War. Several of their homes still stand in these small towns, just over Rhode Island's northern border. Come see what these early pioneers found, how they lived, and why they flourished. Join the TFA for the 2016 Annual Meeting in Rhode Island.

The 2016 Towne Family Association Annual Reunion, Meeting and Banquet will be held September 16-18 at the Marriott Renaissance Hotel in downtown Providence, Rhode Island. This elegant, ultra-modern hotel is situated in a beautifully restored, Greek Revival style, former Masonic temple, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Its convenient location offers easy access to activities and sights throughout Rhode Island and southern New England.

Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about our family as they struggled to move beyond the witchcraft trials and executions. Registration has officially closed, but we will still accept last-minute registrations until August 31. When you mail your registration form to Catherine, if you are signing up for a tour or the banquet, please also email Joanne Towne since our final confirmations with the hotel and tour companies are rapidly approaching.

Providence Reunion Registration Form

Renaissance Providence Downtown Hotel for 159.00 USD per night
Towne Family Association 9/14/16 - 9/18/16 **

The block rate deadline has passed, but guests may call 866 630 0704 and see if the Towne Family Association rate will still be honored.

**pre and post nights based on upon availability by calling number above**

Please note cancellation policy is: ***72 hours prior to arrival***

Curious about our plans? You may click the links below, or read about reunion plans in the June issue of About Towne. Be sure to check the September issue for additional information, and check back here for the latest details.

Providence Reunion Flyer

We have a jam-packed schedule starting with a day-long trip to Newport on Thursday. Read all about everything here!

Updated detailed itinerary for Newport trip

Daily Event Schedule and Information

By Karen Johnsen
Joanne Towne and Elizabeth Hanahan have prepared a very special reunion for us in Providence, Rhode Island. I am hopeful that many of you on the England trip can come to the reunion. I am planning to meet with all of you between 11:30AM and 2PM on Saturday Sept. 17th. This will give us a wonderful opportunity to meet each other and learn about the trip before we go. Please let me know if you will be at the RHODE ISLAND reunion so I can reserve lunch:

Penny Pinching in Providence

Visit RI suggestions of where to taste local foods!

Plans for regional meetings this summer in Michigan and Oregon are now available. Scroll down to learn more.

Want to Visit England in 2017?

Registration is now open for our trip which will take place in June 2017. Karen Johnsen and Charles Farrow, who led our informative tour in 2012, have once again planned a spectacular experience for us. Click for more information: TFA Goes to England!

2017 Trip Brochure

2017 Application Form

Interested to see where previous TFA meetings and reunions have been held? Our genealogist, Gail Garda, has compiled them for you:

1981-2014 Reunions

2010 30th Reunion in Omaha, NE
Photography courtesy of Sue Carson

Farewell Dinner at 11th Street Dockside Restaurant, Port Royale, SC, October 2013
Photography courtesy of Tom Johnson

Regional Meetings

If you are interested in hosting a small get-together in your area, contact Karen Johnsen at who will get you started!Check out latest information on the Northwest regional meeting. Everyone interested is welcome to attend!

Read about some which have already been held:
Regional Meetings

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