South Kingstown, Rhode Island: Chicken Lady Mailbox

The fowl mailbox-decorating tradition of the late Chicken Lady, Antoinetta "Etta" Goodwin, is continued by the current house owners, changing in sync with holidays.
Address:
Rt. 138, South Kingstown, RI
Directions:
On Hwy 138, 1 mile past Rhode Island University on the left. Location approximate.
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Chicken Lady mailbox.

Chicken Lady Mail Box

Rhode Island Reds, dressed for the season or local sports teams such as the Boston Red Sox or New England Patriots, still adorn the Chicken Lady's mail box on Route 138. Etta Goodwin, the Chicken Lady, may have passed, but her chickens live on!

[CptCelt, 12/20/2012]
Chicken Lady - The Next Generation

The Chicken Lady's nephew now lives in the her house, and is working hard to bring the chickens back. He's even trying to repair some and make new ones. This was always the best part of my travels when I was young.

[Scott Koterbay, 07/03/2008]

Liz sent us a news story about how Bryan Maguire, owner of Antoinetta "Chicken Lady" Goodwin's house found the seasonal chicken configurations in the garage and decided to revive the tradition of mailbox decorating.

Chicken Lady figures.

Chicken Lady

While the original Chicken Lady of South Kingstown did indeed pass away in 1996, her flock of decorated chickens have resumed their post next to the mail box on Route 138 in Rhode Island in recent weeks.

[B. Kindooher, 05/14/2008]

These look very temporary...

The Chicken Lady - Gone

The Chicken Lady, once well-renowned in the area for dressing up her chickens for local events and holidays, died a couple years ago. Don't bother looking for the stuffed chickens on the mail box; they are not there any more. But if you want the sign which reads "Bob Hope once slept here.." it is still posted in the corner of the front yard near the road.

[Todd Hager, 02/04/2001]
The Chicken Lady - Gone

Just so you know, the Chicken Lady in North Kingstown, Rhode Island (Route 138 heading East towards Newport) is gone.

[Judith Anderson, 08/18/2000]

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