Historic Structures

Bannister House, Middletown Rhode Island

Date added: August 3, 2010 Categories: Rhode Island House

During the Revolution the house was occupied by British troops and British General Pigot established his field headquarters here. In 1777 British engineers erected their main defenses nearby.

Alas for the fortunes of the Bannisters. John, the builder, bequeathed an ample estate to his son Thomas whom he advised "not to enter into a trade." During the Revolution, Thomas Bannister was a Tory. After the war his properties were confiscated and he was banished from the State.

The house was demolished in 1956-1957 after vain attempts of local antiquarians to preserve it.