North Kingstown, RI


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North Kingstown, is small portion of what was originally Kings Towne, and also included the towns of South Kingstown, Exeter, and Narragansett.  The origins of the town date as far back as 1637 when Roger Williams established a trading post in the area.  Roger Williams built the trading post to be near his good friend Chief Sachem Canonicus (today a Christian camp in Exeter bears the name of Canonicus in the honoring the chief’s legacy), and also for economic reasons as well.

A couple years later in 1639  two additional seasonal traders; Richard Smith and Edward Wilcox came down to the area.  Over time North Kingstown was divided up into a number of villages which are still recognized today.  These villages include Allenton, Bellville, Davisville, Hamilton, Lafayette, Quonset, Quidnessett, Saunderstown, Slocum, and last but certainly not least Wickford. In 1722 North and South Kingstown became separate towns, because of increasing growth, and since North Kingstown had the earlier settlements North Kingstown remained the 1674 town, while South Kingstown was officially incorporated the following year .

In fact Wickford is prehaps one of North Kingstown’s greatest assets along with Quonset.  Wickford is a quaint little village situated on a natural harbor of Narragansett bay.  Today, Quonset is the industrial sector of North Kingstown, formerly a large Naval base and home of the Seabees, today it contains some large corporations including Electric Boat, Toray, and number of other businesses and is today the industrial center of town.

Popular events in North Kingstown include the Polar Bear Plunge, Wickford Art Festival, and Quonset Air Show.


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