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The Paine House is one of the historical buildings in Coventry, Rhode Island. It was built in 1783 by Francis Brayton Sr. When he died and passed the property to his son, Francis Brayton, Jr., the house?s history of being a commercial establishment started.

Brayton, Jr. operated the house as a tavern, selling spiritous liquors to its patrons. The history continued when it was passed on to Charles Holden in 1797 and renamed the place as the Holden Tavern. The name came from the family that owned the house for the longest time (87 years). The Paines then donated the property to the Western Rhode Island Civic Historical Society in 1953.

The organization now operates the historic home as a memorial to the Paine women, Phebe Paine Johnson and Orvilla Paine, according to the requests of the donor, Phebe?s daughter, Zilpha Foster.
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