Introduction to Glocester, Rhode Island
Glocester, Rhode Island, in Providence county, is 14 miles NW of Providence, Rhode Island (center to center) and 43 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is included in the Providence - Fall River - Warwick metropolitan area. As of the 2000 census, 9,948 people lived in Glocester.
Until 1731, Glosester was part of Providence. The town was named after Henry Stuart, Duke of Gloucester. Three years after the first settlement at Providence was founded by Roger Williams, Glocester was established. This took place in 1639 and the town was separated from Providence on March 16, 1730 and was organized as Town of Glocester. After Old Glocester was divided, the southern section retained the original name while the northern portion was called Burrillville.
Glocester and Nearby Attractions
- Smith-Appleby House Museum
- Roger Williams National Memorial
- Lincoln Woods State Park
- Gen. Nathanael Greene Homestead
- Capron Park Zoo
- Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
Things To Do In Glocester
There are several interesting places to visit near Glocester including Franklin Park Zoo, Arnold Arboretum, and Fall River Carousel. Foxwoods Resort & Casino is located at some distance from the town. Camping, picnicking, swimming, and fishing may be enjoyed at the 860-acre Mashamoquet Brook State Park. Some of the other parks located nearby include Haines Memorial State Park, Colt State Park, Goddard Memorial State Park, and World War II Memorial State Park. Roseland Cottage, a Gothic Revival House, is Coral-colored and was built in 1846. It has a bowling alley as well.
Theodore Francis Green State is the closest airport to Glocester.
Glocester Higher Education
Bryant College, Rhode Island College, Providence College, and Johnson & Wales University are some of the colleges located nearby.