Elder John Crandall Homestead
Irving Crandall, CFA # 009, died at the age of 94 on May 17, 2015. He and his late wife, Arlene (Bliven), owned the Elder John Crandall Homestead on Pound Road in Westerly, Rhode Island
until they deeded it "back" to the Narragansett Indian Tribe in 1991. They were granted a life-long lease and continued to live on the property until their respective deaths thus ending 332 years of ownership and residency by descendants of Elder John Crandall.
As far as we know, the house is still standing as well as several barns that were built at a much later time. Some repairs have been made to the outside of the house, but probably not to the inside. The historical cemetery is located a distance from the buildings, well-within the property boundaries, and therefore does not have public access from any roads or walkways.
The Crandall Family Association hopes to be able to continue to arrange a visit to the homestead and cemetery during its reunions. In order to accomplish that, the CFA Board must contact the current Narragansett Indian Tribal leaders.
CFA receives letters, emails, and even phone calls from individuals throughout the year who will be in the area and want to visit the Homestead. Apparently, they do not realize that:
it is now private property that belongs to the Tribe; it is no longer Crandall property.
As mentioned before, CFA has been fortunate, so far, to arrange a group visitation during its reunion every other year.
It is not in a position to make arrangements for other visitations.