BURRILLVILLE – Readers submitted dozens of photos in a contest this spring documenting favorite outdoor places in town for possible inclusion in a time capsule buried on the grounds of the Assembly Theatre.

The contest was just one element of the town’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, with the capsule to be dug up in another 50 years. The aim was to show a future generation how the town looks right now, while documenting residents’ appreciation of the town’s unique character, and the trails, landmarks, lakes and other spaces that make many proud to call Burrillville home.  

While COVID-19 effectively cancelled events to mark the landmark anniversary, including the time capsule event, NRI NOW continues to collaborate with the Burrillville Earth Day Committee to ensure the time capsule is buried after all activities can safely resume.

Events scheduled for 2020 have tentatively been delayed to 2021.

And to all of those who submitted photos: we haven’t forgotten you. 

Over the next several weeks, readers will have the chance to choose which of the submissions should be included via an elimination series. We’re asking you to pick one photo from the submissions below and leave the number in the comment section. The top two will move on to the second round in the contest.

Five photos will be printed to include in the time capsule, and we will announce the event here on NRI NOW.   Best of luck to all of the participants.

Photo #1: Stream below the Railroad Bridge  

“This is a shot of the stream running under the Railroad Street Bridge in Harrisville. Close to the walking path and an area where multiple people walk around town. I have walked by several times and just found it to be one of those hidden spots that are great to look at and admire that not a lot of people take notice of.”
Jim Kollett Jr.

Photo #2: Wallum Lake

Christine Purcell   

Photo #3: Nipmuc River Pond

“These were taken of Isabella and Jackson Gervais in June off the Nipmuc River Trail. Burrillville has so many hidden treasures! This place is so special because it is hard to access and is so pristine. What might this look like in 2070? I sure hope it will be just as beautiful for Bells & Jakz to share with their grandchildren.”
Pauline Hopkins

Photo #4: The box turtle and the spotted turtle

The photo is a Box Turtle and Spotted Turtle. The turtles are protected in the state of RI. Burrillville has a wide array of threatened and protected animals.
Samantha Young

Photo #5: Pout Pond

This is a picture of Pout Pond at Buck Hill Management Area. We don’t ever want to see this place change. So peaceful and beautiful.
Evan and Melissa Makowski

Tell us which picture is your favorite in the comments below.

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