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Warwick, Rhode Island, USA - Rocky Point, from Warwick Pier  Picturesque America: Or, the Land We Live In. A Delineation by Pen and Pencil of the Mountains, Rivers, Lakes... Wit

Warwick, Kent, Rhode Island, USA

Settled in 1642 Pawtuxet Village in Warwick lays claim to being New England's oldest village.


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Rocky Point, from Warwick Pier

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Picturesque America: Or, the Land We Live In. A Delineation by Pen and Pencil of the Mountains, Rivers, Lakes... With Illustr. on Steel and Wood, by Eminent American Artists, Volume 1
William C. Bryant
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Bathing Beach, Rocky Point, R.I.
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Warwick Station, Warwick, R.I.
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Warwick Neck Light. Warwick, R. I.
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Warwick Town Hall
Apponaug, R.I.
1907
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Gates at Senator Nelson W. ALdrich's Estate, Warwick, R.I.
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Gates at Senator Nelson W. ALdrich's Estate, Warwick, R.I.
Elizabeth Mill, Hills Grove, R.I., 1908
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Elizabeth Mill, Hills Grove, R.I., 1908
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Green Avenue, Looking East, Nausauket, R.I., 1914
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1642 - Settled in 1642 Pawtuxet Village in Warwick lays claim to being New England's oldest village.

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1643 - Samuel Gorton founded Warwick named in honor of the Earl of Warwick

1819 - Warwick
Warwick is a flourishing manufacturing post township, situated five miles southwesterly of Providence; bounded north on Cranston, east on Narragansett bay, south on East-Greenwich, and west on Coventry.

The western section of the township is elevated and hilly; some of the eminences affording a view of the principal part of the State; but the eastern section is generally level. It has an average length, from east to west, of more than 8 miles, & an average breadth of nearly 7 miles, making about 54 square miles.

The prevailing soil, which is a primitive gravelly loam, is strong and productive, affording grain of different kinds, vegetables, & c., and being also well adapted to grazing. The town is well supplied with timber, consisting of oak, walnut, chestnut, &c...

In 1810, there were 3757 inhabitants in this town; and there are 520 Dwelling-houses, 450 qualified Electors, and 5 companies of Militia, besides 2 independent companies.

There are two incorporated Banks in... Read MORE...

1821 - The Roger Williams Factory, in Warwick, Rhode-Island, was entirely destroyed by fire, on the 11th inst. together with all its valuable machinery. The loss is estimated at $25,000.

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New Hampshire Observer
New Hampshire
May 19, 1821
1839 - Warwick
Warwick, Rhode Island
Kent county. This important town, the Indian Shawomet, is situated on the W. side of Narraganset bay, 5 miles S. from Providence. Population, 1820, 3,443; 1830, 5,529. It contains an area of 54 square miles. The surface of the town along the bay is generally level, but the westerly part is hilly, so much so that from some of the elevations, a large part of the state may be seen in a clear day. The prevailing soil is a gravelly loam, strong, and productive of grain, grass, fruits and vegetables. The town is well supplied with a great variety of fish, and forests of walnut, oak and chestnut.

Pawtuxet river washes the northern part of the town, and meets the waters of the Narraganset at this place, separating Warwick from Cranston. An arm of the bay extends westward, giving to Warwick and East Greenwich a number of excellent harbors. Vessels of 50 tons burthen pass to the flourishing village of Apponaug, between 4 and 5 miles from the bay. This village is... Read MORE...

1854 - Warwick
Warwick, a large and populous post- township of Kent county, Rhode Island, bordering on Narraganset bay, and intersected by the Stonington and Providence railroad, 10 miles S. by W. from Providence. It contains several manufacturing villages, 2 banks, and a newspaper office. The flourishing village of Apponaug is situated at the head of an arm of the Narraganset, which sets up nearly 6 miles from the bay, and affords facilities for navigation. About a mile from this village is a huge rock, so nicely balanced upon another, that a boy 14 years of age can set it in motion, producing a noise heard sometimes to the distance of 6 and even 8 miles. From the resemblance which the noise thus produced has to a drum, the rock has been denominated "Drum Rock." Population of the township in 1830, 5529 ; in 1840, 6726; and in 1850, 7740.
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.
1868 - Derailed Train for Fun
The man who placed the rails on the Shore Line Railroad, on the 15th inst., which resulted in throwing the engine off the track at Stony Creek Bridge, has been caught. He turns out to be a wandering, shoeless vagrant, who says that he put the rails on the track for fun, and waited in the bushes nearby to see the result. His name is William Warner, and he belongs in Warwick, Rhode Island.
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Plain Dealer
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August 26, 1868
1895 - Warwick
Warwick, a populous township of Kent co., R.I., is bounded on the E. by Narragansett Bay, and intersected by the Pawtuxet River and the Stonington & Providence Rail road. It contains post-villages named Apponaug or Warwick, Centreville, Arctic, and Natick. It has a national bank and 8 cotton-manufactories. Rocky Point, a popular summer resort, is on the E. border of this township. General Nathanael Greene was born at Warwick. Pop. in 1880, 12,164; in 1890, 17,761.
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
1900 - FATAL TROLLEY COLLISION. Four Persons Killed and Twenty-six Hurt at Warwick, R. I.
Providence, R. I. [Special]. - Four persons were killed and twenty-six injured in a collision on the Oakland Beach Electric Railroad. There were two cars on the collision, which took place on a sharp curve. The car coming toward the city telescoped the other, crashing its way through to the fifth seat.

The dead are: EDWARD BURROUGHS, motorman; LOUIS C. SANBORN, ARTHUR G. LISCOMB and GEORGE W. BAKER, a baby. Among the injured was CHARLES D. KIMBALL, Lieutenant-Governor of the State.

It was because of an endeavor to run a switch and make up lost time by the car going to the southern end of the line that the accident happened, and it cost the motorman, EDWARD BURROUGHS, his life. He had been directed to wait on the switch at Warwick station, thirteen miles from Providence. For some reason he went on. About half a mile below Warwick station, on a curve in wooded land, the car going at moderate speed was struck by the city-bound car gong at full speed.

The shock of the collision... Read MORE...

1906
Warwick, a post-village in Warwick township (town), Kent co., R.I., 5 miles S. of Providence. The town is on Narragansett Bay and is intersected by the Pawtuxet and Providence rivers. It has important cotton manufactures. Pop. of the town in 1900, 21,316. It contains several villages.
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
1911 - CAR KILLS THREE IN AUTO. Bushes Prevented Menzel Seeing Trolley Going Forty Miles an Hour.
WARWICK, R. I., July 4.- His view cut off by dense bushes growing on both sides of the crossing, Gustav Menzel of Riverside drove his automobile directly in front of an open trolley car moving at the rate of forty miles an hour this afternoon, and as a result three of the occupants of the automobile are dead and Menzel and the fifth occupant are badly injured. The dead are:

BIDWELL, Miss ELLA M., 25, of Providence.
HARTLEY, Mrs. EVA, 50, of Providence.
HARTLEY, Miss MILLIE J., 18, Mrs. Hartley's daughter.

The injured are:

Guatav Menzel, Riverside, forty years old, back and chest injured and possibly fractured skull; Raymond Hartley, ten-year old son of Mrs. Hartley, badly bruised about the head and body.

The accident occurred at a point where the so-called Oakland Beach Road, a private highway, crosses the trolley tracks between Long Meadow and Grant's Station. Motorman George E. Lake of the car, which was bound from Rocky Point for Providence, declares that he saw... Read MORE...

1954 - Hurricane Carol - HURRICANE ROARS ACROSS LONG ISLAND. FIVE KILLED BY STORM IN NEW ENGLAND.
At least five persons were killed today as Hurricane Carol swept across the heavily populated center of Long Island ans smashed into southern New England.

Four bodies were washed up on Oakland Beach, Warwick, R. I., shortly after the storm center passed...

The Times Record Troy New York 1954-08-31


Carol formed near the central Bahama Islands on August 25, and moved slowly northward and north-northwestward. By August 30 it was a hurricane about 100-150 miles east of Charleston, South Carolina. It then accelerated north-northeastward, make landfall as a Category 3 hurricane over Long Island, New York and Connecticut on the 31st. The cyclone became extratropical later that day as it crossed the remainder of New England and southeastern Canada.

Sustained winds of 80 to 100 mph were reported over much of eastern Connecticut, all of Rhode Island, and eastern Massachusetts. A peak gust of 130 mph was reported at Block Island, Rhode Island, while gusts of 100 to 125 mph... Read MORE...

1995 - Rocky Point Amusement Park closes
Rocky Point Park was a highly popular amusement park on the Narragansett Bay side of Warwick, Rhode Island. It operated from the late 1840s until it closed in 1995. The following year, the park filed for bankruptcy.
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2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Warwick:
Goddard Memorial State Park: This expansive park offers a beautiful beach, picnic areas, hiking trails, and a golf course. It's a great spot for a leisurely stroll, a family picnic, or a day of swimming and sunbathing.

Rocky Point State Park: Located on Narragansett Bay, this park offers scenic views, walking trails, and a chance to explore the remains of the historic Rocky Point Amusement Park. It's an ideal place for a relaxed day outdoors.

Warwick City Park: Another fantastic outdoor spot, this park features a beach, walking trails, and recreational facilities. It's perfect for a day of swimming, fishing, or enjoying a game of tennis or basketball.

Historic Apponaug: Take a stroll through the historic district of Apponaug, which features well-preserved colonial-era buildings and charming streets. It's a great place for history buffs and those looking for picturesque photo opportunities.

Warwick Museum of Art: If you're interested in art, visit this community art museum. ... Read MORE...

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