Hidden behind trees, fences, and ranch houses in Johnston stands Hipses Rock, a large glacial erratic boulder with a long history. Hipses Rock was mentioned, along with Neutaconkanut Hill, as one of the boundaries in the land transfer from the Narragansetts to Roger Williams. It used to be surrounded by farmland, and local children would play in the "caves" in its base. Powwows were held at the rock in the 1930s.
Unfortunately, now Hipses Rock may be seen only in glimpses in the winter. A grainy old photograph was the source for this ink painting.