Rudolf Frederick Haffenreffer, Jr. (1874-1954), a native of Boston and a first generation German-American, became a successful Fall River brewer and purchased several hundred acres in Bristol from 1903 to 1912 for use as a summer retreat His acquisitions included Mount Hope and the Bradford House.
Haffenreffer was a major entrepreneur. Among his business enterprises were the Narragansett Brewery, the Mount Hope Bridge, the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company, and several western mining companies. His trips to the West facilitated his collection of Native American artifacts, and this “passionate hobby” became the basis for the King Philip Museum--now the Brown University Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology. Haffenreffer was a noted philanthropist whose benefactions included the Wampanoag tribe, the Boy Scouts of America, and several universities, including Brown.
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