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Scituate, Rhode Island, USA

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Scituate, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
This town belonged, at an early period, to Providence; and was incorporated as a separate town in the year 1731.



Scituate, Rhode Island, USA

Moswansicut Lake, Looking Across to B. F. Smith's Farm

Scituate, Rhode Island, USA

Battey Meeting House

Scituate, Rhode Island, USA

Smith's Dairy Farm, No. Scituate, R.I. (1909)

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Scituate was first settled in 1710 by emigrants from Scituate, Massachusetts. The original spelling of the town's name was "Satuit", a native Indian word meaning "cold brook" or "cold river." The town was a part of Providence until 1731.

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Foster was incorporated as a separate town in 1781, taking the western half of Scituate.

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In 1788 Scituate representative, militia general and Supreme Court Justice William West led an armed anti-federalist mob of farmers into Providence to protest the U.S. Constitution

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In 1791 the U.S. Supreme Court decided its first case, West v. Barnes, regarding a farm in Scituate.

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1819 - Scituate
Scituate is a considerable post township, situated twelve miles west from Providence; bounded on...Read MORE...

News  1834 - Attempted Bank Robbery
A daring attempt,as we learn from the Providence Journal, was made on the morning of the 21st inst...Read MORE...

1906
Scituate, a township (town) of Providence co., R.I. Pop. in 1900, 3361.
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
In 1915, the Rhode Island General Assembly voted to take 14,800 acres (60 km2) of land in Scituate (38% of the town) to create a reservoir to supply fresh water to greater Providence.
This project resulted in the condemnation of "1,195 buildings, including 375 houses, seven schools, ...Read MORE...


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