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West Greenwich, Rhode Island, USA - Hopkins Mill

The Town of West Greenwich was set off from East Greenwich and incorporated by the General Assembly April 6, 1741.

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West Greenwich, Rhode Island, USA

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1819 - West Greenwich
West-Greenwich is an agricultural township, situated in the southwest section of the county, about 18 miles southwest from Providence; bounded on the north by Coventry, on the east by East-Greenwich, on the south by Exeter, in Washington county, and on the west by the State of Connecticut. The length of the township, from east to west, is about 12 miles, and its mean breadth about 3 miles, comprising an area of about 36 square miles.

This township possesses a primitive geological character; its surface presents a diversity of hill and dale. There is one considerable eminence called Hopkins' hill, which affords an interesting prospect of the surrounding country. The natural and agricultural productions of the town correspond with those of this region generally.

The waters of the south branch of the Pawtuxet river, have their source in this town; and the western section is watered by Wood river and its branches.

The contemplated turnpike road from Providence to Pawcatuck, will... Read MORE...

1839 - West Greenwich
West Greenwich, Rhode Island
Kent county. This town was taken from East Greenwich in 1741, by which it is bounded on the east. It lies 18 miles S.W. from Providence. Population, 1830, 1,818. This town possesses a primitive geological character, and its surface presents a diversity of hills and valleys. Hopkin's Hill affords an agreeable view of the surrounding country. The waters of the town consist of the south branch of the Pawtuxet, which rises here; and of the upper branches of Wood river, which pass through it. There are some manufactures in the town, but the people are generally engaged in agricultural pursuits.
The New England Gazetteer containing descriptions of all the states, counties and towns in New England: also descriptions of the principal mountains, rivers lakes, capes, bays, harbors, islands and fashionable resorts within that territory. Alphabetically arranged. By John Hayward, author of the Columbian Traveller, Religious Creeds, &c. &c. Boston: John Hayward. Boyd & White, Concord, N.H. 1839
1854 - West Greenwich
West Greenwich, n post-township in Kent co., Rhode Island, 22 miles W. N. W. from Newport. The streams afford water-power, employed for cotton and other mills. Population, 1350.
A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.
West Greenwich Center, a post-station of Kent co., R.I., about 22 miles SW. of Providence.
Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in and around West Greenwich:
Arcadia Management Area:

Explore the vast wilderness of Arcadia, perfect for hiking, bird watching, and nature photography.
Try some of the well-marked trails, like Breakheart Pond Loop Trail or Mount Tom Trail.

Big River Management Area:

Enjoy fishing and kayaking along the Big River.
Hike the trails and appreciate the diverse flora and fauna.

Stepping Stone Ranch:

If you're into horseback riding, visit Stepping Stone Ranch for guided trail rides.
It's a great place for beginners and experienced riders alike.

Nicholas Farm State Management Area:

A haven for bird enthusiasts, offering excellent birdwatching opportunities.
Pack a picnic and enjoy the serene surroundings.

Pettaquamscutt Rock:

A historical site with a rock featuring inscriptions dating back to the 17th century.
Perfect for history buffs and those interested in colonial-era artifacts.

Shadow Farm Park:

A beautiful park with walking trails and picnic areas.
Ideal for a relaxing day...

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