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The birthplace of two Rhode Island governors (Governor William Sprague III, and Governor William Sprague IV), this home was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971. Since then, it has been the site of a controversy involving two 19th-century cannons displayed on the property that were used by Governor William Sprague IV's regiment in the Civil War. Both the Cranston Historical Society and Rhode Island National Guard claim ownership of the historic weaponry, although the two sides have reached a detente that allows the cannons to remain on the grounds—for now.
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