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Westerly, Rhode Island, USA (Watch Hill)

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Where is Westerly, Rhode Island, USA? 

Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island, USA
"Westerly is a town on the southwestern shoreline of Washington County, Rhode Island, United States. Founded in 1669 by John Babcock, it is a beachfront community on the south shore of the state. The population was 22,966 at the 2000 census. The town is part of the Norwich-New London New England City and Town Area."

"On the western border of Westerly flows the Pawcatuck River, once renowned for its own species of Westerly salmon, three of which are on the town's crest. The Pawcatuck River flows from some fifteen miles (24 km) inland, emptying into Little Narragansett Bay. The Pawcatuck River also serves as the boundary between Westerly and Pawcatuck, Connecticut. Along the coast of Westerly lie salt ponds, which serve as shallow reeflike pools, whose outer walls form the long, white beaches for which the town became renowned. From west to east, these ponds are called Maschaug Pond, Winnapaug Pond, and Quonochontaug Pond. The town also has a fresh water lake, Chapman's Pond, which is undergoing revitalization. A type of granite, known as Westerly granite, has long been quarried here. Westerly granite, ideal for statuary, has been used in numerous government buildings of several states along the eastern seaboard. The Westerly area was known for its granite and stone-cutting industry."

"Westerly becomes a large tourist attraction during the summer months - some argue that the population nearly doubles. From east to west, well-known beaches include Weekapaug Beach, Westerly Town Beach, Misquamicut State Beach, East Beach and Watch Hill Beach."

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1800 - Washington Bank Established
In 1800, Washington Bank was established in Westerly with capital of $50,000.

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News  1803 - 16 people aged 1,444 years
There are now living, in the town of Westerly, in the state of Rhode Island, sixteen persons, the...Read MORE...

1819 - Westerly
Westerly is a maritime post township, situated in the southwest corner of the State, 36 miles...Read MORE...

News  1858 - A man in Westerly, Rhode Island, recently married a girl thirteen years of age, and committed suicide by hanging himself in a few days afterwards.

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January 4, 1858
News  1881 - Bigger than stones in Egypt
At the Westerly quarries, Rhode Island, a single stone 150 feet long, ten feet wide and eight feet...Read MORE...

News  1897 - Died at 108
Mrs. Charlotte Leclair of Westerly, R. I., died yesterday morning at the age of 108 years and six...Read MORE...

News  1900 - TURKEY FOR THE PRESIDENT - A Rhode Island Bird Picked Out for Thanksgiving at the White House
PROVIDENCE, R. I. The Westerly turkey king has picked out the turkey which it is expected will...Read MORE...

1906
Westerly, a post-village in Westerly township (town), Washington CO., R.I., on the Pawcatuck River...Read MORE...

1932 - September 16 - 30.8 cm rainfall at Westerly, Rhode Island (state record)

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News  1944 - HURRICANE HITS NEW YORK AND NEW ENGLAND COASTS. HIGH WINDS LASH JERSEY, LONG ISLAND.
...Westerly R. I. Hit.
The Rhode Island shore felt the first blast of the Atlantic hurricane about ...Read MORE...


Ancestors Who Were Born Here


(Babcock) Barber
flag  Ann (BABCOCK) BARBER (abt. 1650, Westerly, Rhode Island, USA (Watch Hill) - abt. 1691, Newport, Rhode Island, USA)

Adams
flag  Ebenezer ADAMS (29 May 1772, Westerly, Rhode Island, USA (Watch Hill) - 14 September 1867, South Kingstown, Rhode Island, USA (Kingston) (West Kingston) (Matunuck)) gravestone

Bliven
flag  Samuel Hillhouse BLIVEN (1 September 1784, Westerly, Rhode Island, USA (Watch Hill) - 4 April 1880, Lenox, Massachusetts, USA) gravestone

Fanning
flag  Anna FANNING (1723, Westerly, Rhode Island, USA (Watch Hill) - 16 November 1758, Stonington, Connecticut, USA)
flag  William FANNING (1695, Westerly, Rhode Island, USA (Watch Hill) - March 1779, Stonington, Connecticut, USA)

Maxson (Maxon)
flag  John MAXSON (MAXON) (1638, Westerly, Rhode Island, USA (Watch Hill) - 17 December 1720, Westerly, Rhode Island, USA (Watch Hill)) gravestone

Rathbun (Rathbone)
flag  Elizabeth "Betsey" RATHBUN (RATHBONE) (8 March 1792, Westerly, Rhode Island, USA (Watch Hill) - 8 September 1868, Norway, New York, USA) gravestone

Tefft
flag  Robert TEFFT (25 May 1732, Westerly, Rhode Island, USA (Watch Hill) - 1771, Exeter, Rhode Island, USA)

York
flag  Mary YORK (17 October 1710, Westerly, Rhode Island, USA (Watch Hill) - 27 July 1786, Stonington, Connecticut, USA)
 

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