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An historic visit to The Tower House

September 19, 2013

Vicki DeKleer, right, with The Tower House owner Marybeth Kreger. DeKleer was a student at the Earles Court bed and breakfast when she and her family fled England prior to World War II.

NARRAGANSETT- After having a unique upbringing in Narragansett, Vicki DeKleer has returned to the town after more than 25 years to revisit her past.

While drinking coffee and eating scones on a late summer morning, Vicki lounged in the local bed and breakfast, The Tower House, on Wednesday with owner Marybeth Kreger.

Although it was Vicki’s first time at the bed and breakfast, it was not her first time in the house. In the 1940s Vicki walked for 20 minutes through a secret path in the woods to attend school at 46 Earles Court in Narragansett, in the exact spot where The Tower House now hosts breakfast for the guests.

It all started when she was 4 years old in 1930 when chaos and terror struck her family in England. Because of the threat of invasion by Hitler and the bombing on England, DeKleer said that many families, including her own, feared that they would be sent to concentration camps.

Although many children were evacuated to the north of England, most families sent their children to the United States because they felt as though that ensured their safety, DeKleer said.

For the full story, pick up tomorrow's Narragansett Times.

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