These historic villages in Rhode Island offer guests the opportunity to explore and discover unique boutiques, bistros and cafes. Rich in both charm and history, these towns are waiting to be discovered.
1. Wickford Village
Located along the waterfront of Wickford Harbor, this small village offers guests a look into what New England was like centuries ago. Historic homes, churches, and public buildings here date back to the early 1700s and offer a glimpse of what the United States was like hundreds of years ago. While exploring the village take the time to enjoy a meal at one of the beautiful outdoor cafes or wander through the shopping district.
2. Pawtuxet Village and Warwick
There are only a number of places in the United States that have the charm and history that can be found in this tiny village. As one of the most attractive villages in New England, residents take great pride in their community and its place in U.S. history. From the first settlers in the 1600’s to those who reside there today, the town has proven itself capable of overcoming adversity while retaining its individual identity. Come explore the shops, galleries and eateries here while taking in the relaxing, laid back atmosphere for which the town is known.
Home to the main campus of the University of Rhode Island, the majority of this picturesque village is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Its historic district is was established in 1959 and is located just outside of the main University campus. Here guests will find beautiful examples of 18th and 19th century architecture. The 38 buildings that make up the district include the Washington County Jail, a building that housed criminals in the late 1800s. In an effort to maintain the charm of the town, home and business owners adhere to specific guidelines regarding how and when historical buildings can be modified or otherwise updated. The city seeks preservation as opposed to restoration in order to ensure that future generations will be able to experience the history of their village.