Introduction to Cranston, Rhode Island
Cranston is located in Providence County and is the third largest city in Rhode Island. It's included in the Providence metropolitan area and is recognized as a suburban community. The majority of the citizens reside in the eastern region of Cranston which features a shoreline along the beautiful Narragansett Bay. The western portion of the city includes rural landscapes. It features numerous noteworthy historic sites.
The Narragansett Indians were the original inhabitants. In 1638 William Arnold constructed a house in the region now known as Cranston. He is recognized as the first Englishman to reside in the area. In 1754 Cranston was incorporated as a town. The early years featured an agricultural based economy. The Industrial Revolution attracted a vast number of immigrants from Europe. During this era, the mills were major employers.
Cranston includes the National Historic Districts of Lippitt Hill, Pawtuxet Village, Furnace Brook and Oaklawn Village. The city includes numerous other attractions including:
- Narragansett Park was one of the first auto race tracks in the United States.
- Sprague Mansion, an historic, beautiful home is included in the National Register of Historic Places.
- Thomas Fenner House is considered to be one of the oldest houses in the state.
- Governor Sprague Mansion was the former residence of the prominent Sprague family. It includes 28 rooms. The carriage house and the stable features pony carts, a Bicentennial Conestoga wagon, carriages and sleighs.
- Joy Homestead is a historic farmhouse showcasing antiques.
- Confreda Greenhouses and Farms features a farmer's market and hayrides on the weekends.
- Mardi Gras Ball occurs nearby and is a popular event.
- Garden City Center is a notable outdoor shopping mall.
The Budlong Pool is one of the biggest outdoor swimming pools in the United States. Golf enthusiasts enjoy the Cranston Country Club. The Eastern Mountain Sports Climbing School provides outdoor rock climbing courses. The John L. Curran Management Area is a large forest acreage featuring maple, oak and beech trees and two ponds. Residents and visitors enjoy ice skating at the large Cranston Veteran's Memorial Ice Rink.
The city is served by the T.F. Green International Airport. The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority provides bus service for the city.