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Johnston, Rhode Island, USA - The Ranch House 1460 Hartford Avenue Americas Wonder Restaurant Nite-Spot

Johnston, Providence, Rhode Island, USA

Johnston has the highest population of Italians in the State of Rhode Island.


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Johnston, Rhode Island, USA

The Ranch House
1460 Hartford Avenue
America's Wonder Restaurant Nite-Spot

Johnston, Rhode Island, USA

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Johnston, Rhode Island, USA

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  • 1819 - Johnston
    Johnston is a township situated 5 miles from Providence; bounded northerly on Smithfield; northeasterly on Wanasquatucket river, which separate it from North-Providence, east on Providence, south on Cranston and west on Scituate. It contains about 17 square miles; being more than 4 miles from east to west, and about 4 from north to south.

    This township is of a primitive, granitic structure, and its surface is interspersed with hill and dale. There are several valuable quarries of freestone in the town, suitable for building and other uses. They not only afford a supply for the demand in the town, and in the immediate vicinity, but are sent abroad to a distance; having in some instances been exported to Savannah. Stone also suitable for furnace hearths, having great capacity to sustain fire, have been found. Limestone is also found at what is called Border Rock, from which large quantities of lime are made...

    A Gazetteer of the States of Connecticut and Rhode-Island: Written with ... Read MORE...

  • 1839 - Johnston
    Johnston, Rhode Island
    Providence county. This town lies 5 miles W. from Providence, from which it was taken in 1759. It is pleasantly variegated by hills and vales, with a soil adapted to the culture of corn and barley, and particularly to all sorts of vegetables and fruits, of which large quantities are annually sent to Providence market. The quarries of freestone in Johnston are valuable: they supply the wants, not only of the city and the immediate vicinity, but distant places, with that useful material. The Wonasqatucket and Pochasset rivers with their tributary streams give this town a good hydraulic power. Beautiful manufacturing villages are scattered along the banks of these waters, presenting to the eye of the traveler the pleasant union of our agricultural and manufacturing interests. Population, 1830, 2,113.
    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 - Johnston
    Johnston, a township of Providence Co., Rhode Island, 5 miles W. from Providence. Population, 2937.
    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.

  • 2023 - Here's a mix of local favorites and hidden treasures to make your time in Johnston enjoyable:
    Historical Exploration at Johnston Historical Society:
    Start your journey by diving into Johnston's history at the Johnston Historical Society. Explore exhibits, artifacts, and learn about the town's evolution. It's a great way to get a sense of the community's roots.

    Tranquil Retreat at Johnston Memorial Park:
    If you're in the mood for some outdoor relaxation, head over to Johnston Memorial Park. With its scenic walking trails, picnic areas, and serene pond, it's a perfect spot for a leisurely afternoon. Don't forget to bring some snacks and enjoy the fresh air.

    Delicious Eats at Luigi's Restaurant and Gourmet Express:
    Luigi's is a local favorite for authentic Italian cuisine. Whether you're in the mood for pasta, pizza, or some mouthwatering seafood, this family-owned gem has got you covered. The cozy atmosphere adds to the overall dining experience.

    Shopping Extravaganza at Johnston Commons:
    For those who enjoy a bit of retail therapy, Johnston Commons offers a variety ... Read MORE...

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Johnston, Rhode Island, USA

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male ancestorBenjamin WATERMAN (1672, Providence, Rhode Island, USA - 11 May 1762, Johnston, Rhode Island, USA)
male ancestorJohn PETTEY (1731, - 15 September 1813, Johnston, Rhode Island, USA)
male ancestorJames MILLER (1732, - 10 November 1819, Johnston, Rhode Island, USA)
male ancestorChristopher WILLIAMS (2 December 1732, - 21 January 1821, Johnston, Rhode Island, USA)
male ancestorWilliam RHODES (1751, - 12 May 1825, Johnston, Rhode Island, USA)
male ancestorJohn ALVERSON (1758, - 6 January 1856, Johnston, Rhode Island, USA)
male ancestorDaniel PETTY (1759, - 13 April 1846, Johnston, Rhode Island, USA)
male ancestorAbraham PAULDING (18 May 1763, Greenburgh, New York, USA (Tarrytown) (Hartsdale) - 21 March 1854, Johnston, Rhode Island, USA)
female ancestorRhoda MATHEWSON (1764, - 18 December 1850, Johnston, Rhode Island, USA)
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