Hillsgrove Country Club
2100 Post Road
Known as one of the largest and most exclusive of its kind in New England, the Hillsgrove Country Club was established sometime in the early 20th century. At one point owned by the Italian immigrant Pasquale Testa, its popularity in the 1920s and 1930s was due to the appearance of such performers as Johnny Hudgins for extended periods. It was purchased in 1938 by the Sholes family, who turned the club into a skating rink. Because of its close proximity to the T.F. Green Airport, the Sholes family decided to transform the skating rink into a 169-room Hampton Inn and Suites in 1999. This decision was not popular among many locals, for whom the rink had been a site of community development and belonging during their childhood and young adulthood.
-written by Felicia Bevel
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