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(North Kingston) (Wickford) (Davisville)

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North Kingstown, Rhode Island, USA - Wickford Depot

The area was first settled by Roger Williams and Richard Smith who set up trading posts near Wickford where Smith's Castle is today. The town of Kings Towne was founded in 1674, by the colonial government, and included the present day towns of North Kingstown, South Kingstown, Exeter, and Narragansett. In 1722, Kings Towne was split into two parts, North Kingstown and South Kingstown, with North Kingstown, having the earliest settlements, retaining the 1674 establishment date. In 1742, the town of Exeter was taken from the western part of North Kingstown.

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Birthplace of Gilbert Stuart, the famous American Portrait Painter, Wickford, R.I.
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Birthplace of Gilbert Stuart, the famous American Portrait Painter, Wickford, R.I.
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North Kingston Free Library, Wickford, R.I.
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1819 - North Kingston
North-Kingston, a wealthy and flourishing maritime post township, is situated 20 miles southwesterly from Providence; bounded northerly by East-Greenwich and Warwick, easterly by Narragansett bay, southerly by South-Kingston, and westerly by Exeter. Its average length is about 8 miles, from east to west, and its mean breadth about 7 miles, comprising about 56 square miles.

The face of the country is generally uneven, being diversified with hills and dales. The northern section, however, is level.

The geology of the township is primitive; and there are several quarries of excellent freestone, for building and other purposes.

The soil in the northern section is a sandy loam, well adapted to a grain culture, particularly Indian corn; and the southern section is a gravelly loam, affording good grazing.

The agricultural productions consist of Indian corn, rye, wheat, buck-whet, barley, beans, peas, potatoes and some others common to this region...

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1839 - North Kingston
North Kingston, Rhode Island
Washington county. This is a wealthy township on the west side of Narraganset bay, 21 miles S. from Providence, 10 N.W. from Newport, and 8 N. from South Kingston.—The surface of the town is uneven; the soil is a gravelly loam, well adapted for the culture of grain and vegetables and the productions of the dairy. There are some forests in the town of good ship timber.—It is watered by several small streams which produce a good water power, on which are numerous manufacturing establishments. There streams afford bass and other fish in abundance. There is considerable navigation owned at North Kingston, which is employed in the coasting trade and fishery.

Wickford village, in this town, is very pleasant and flourishing: it has a good harbor, and is a place of considerable trade. It lies about 2 miles east of the Stonington railroad. Pop. of the town, 1830, 3,037.
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 - North Kingston
North Kingston, a post-township in Washington co., Rhode Island, on Narraganset bay, intersected by the Stonington railroad, 18 miles S. from Providence. Pop., 2971.
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.
1870 - The oldest Episcopal church in New England and probably in the United States, is at Wickford, R. I., although it is no longer in use.
It is called St. Paul's and was built in 1707, at North Kingston, about five miles north of Wickford, whence it was removed in 1800 to its present location. During the Revolution it was used as barracks for American soldiers.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
August 20, 1870
1895 - North Kingstown
North Kings’town, a township of Washington co., R.I. Pop. 3949. It contains Allenton, Bellville, Davis ville, Hamilton, Lafayette, Narragansett Mills, Shady Lea, Silver Spring, Slocumville, Wickford, &c.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
1906
North Kingstown, a township (town) of Washing ton co., R.I. Pop. in 1900, 4194.
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 - Whether you're a local looking for something new or a visitor exploring the area, here's a list of places to go and things to do in North Kingstown:
Wickford Village:

Stroll through the charming historic Wickford Village. It's filled with quaint shops, art galleries, and cafes. A perfect place for a leisurely day of exploration.

Smith's Castle:

Explore the history of North Kingstown at Smith's Castle. This 17th-century house is one of the oldest in Rhode Island and offers tours to give you a glimpse into the past.

Wilson Park:

If you're into outdoor activities, Wilson Park is the place to be. It has sports fields, a playground, and a pond for fishing. A great spot for a family picnic or some recreational fun.

Quonset Air Museum:

Aviation enthusiasts will enjoy the Quonset Air Museum. It showcases the history of aviation in Rhode Island and has an impressive collection of aircraft and artifacts.

Casey Farm:

Visit Casey Farm, a historic farm that has been in operation since 1750. Take a tour to learn about the agricultural history of the area and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

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