there really was an Aunt Carrie.
Carrie Cooper and her husband Ulysses lived in Connecticut and
enjoyed riding to Narragansett with their six children, cramped
in a Model-T. They came to fish,swim,and camp-out on the beach.
Ulysses talked about the fact that there was no place in Point
Judith to get any thing cold to drink.
Soon, the family started selling cold lemonade to the local fishermen
and the nearby campers. Brought up on a farm, Carrie always made
use of everything. The children would bring clams to her and she
would make chowder. Her original corn fritter recipe soon became
her clamcake recipe. Of course, the smell would travel to all
the other campers and fishermen around. Everytime she made some,
someone would stop and ask her what she was making. And of course,
the more people who tasted them, the more she would have to make.
Ulysses thought maybe they should try selling the clamcakes and
chowder along with their lemonade.
A small stand was built down near where the Point Judith Light
house stands now. Ulysses bought the property where the restaurant
is now located, and the restaurant was built in 1920. The counter
area and front dining room is the original building, and over
several years, the building grew.
And how did Aunt Carrie’s get its name? Well, besides their
six children, lots of nieces and nephews came along to the beach.
Some one always seemed to be calling "Aunt Carrie!"
It soon became known as Aunt Carrie's.
Over the years, many of Carrie's relatives have worked here. The
white haired lady most of you think of as Aunt Carrie was actually
her daughter, Gertrude. Gertrude married William Foy, who worked
at the restaurant while his family camped here in the summers.
Gertrude and William took over the restaurant in 1953 when her
father, Ulysses, died, and her mother retired. The kitchen was
then expanded to its present size. In 1964, Aunt Carrie died.
In 1984, the next generation - son Bill and daughter-in-law Elsie,
with the help of Gertrude and William - took over. William died
in 1991 and Gertrude died in 1997. Many of you will remember William
as the bald gentleman who worked in the middle of the kitchen.
In 1994, Bill died. Elsie now runs the restaurant with her two daughters - Aunt Carrie's fourth generation
- and a wonderful staff. Take time to look around at some of the
old pictures. You may even find someone you know. If you are around
very early in the morning, you will find our bakers busy peeling
apples for our pies and making our homemade raisin bread.
We hope you enjoy your dinner, and try some of our homemade pies,
some of Aunt Carrie's original recipes.