Souza family sells historic Isaac Wilkinson house for $600K


NORTH SMITHFIELD – The family that owned the historic Isaac Wilkinson homestead sold the surrounding 114 acres of land to the town last month to be used for open space and recreation.

And now, they have also sold the house itself.

Souza Family Limited Partnership sold a property at 956 Old Smithfield Road to Jason Laboissonniere and Carol Sicard for $600,000, according to town property records.

The lot holds the Isaac Wilkinson House, a two-story colonial built in 1829. The Souza family subdivided the 124 acre property last year, and in August, the town purchased 114 acres of adjoining land for $429,000, with the help of $214,500 grant from the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management.

The house, which sits on the remaining 10-acre parcel, is part of the Smithfield Road Historic District, and was built by farmer Isaac Wilkinson, who would go on to serve in the state Senate and General Assembly. The district includes eight houses, but the nomination form with the National Register of Historic Places describes the Wilkinson property and the nearby Chace-Hendrick House, as “the two most important.”

The town’s database lists the structure as a 12-room estate with three fireplaces. The four-bedroom house also features a barn, a large three-season porch and an in-ground pool.

The property was in the Wilkinson family for several generations. Isacc’s son David Wilkinson conducted a successful dairy business there, and also represented North Smithfield in the General Assembly, according to historic records.

David’s daughter married Charles Smith, who sold the property in 1918.

This year, the property was assessed at $504,794.

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