Introduction to Jamestown, Rhode Island
Jamestown, Rhode Island, in Newport county, is 14 miles S of Warwick, Rhode Island (center to center) and 61 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is included in the Providence - Fall River - Warwick metropolitan area. As of the 2000 census, 5,622 people lived in Jamestown.
Original settlers of the area, who arrived at the end of the last ice age, established camps by the rivers and streams. By 1300 B.C., Jamestown was home to numerous Native Americans. Formerly known as Conanicut Island, the area was inhabited by the Narragansett Indians, who used the island as a sacred burial ground. The Indians sold it to the English in 1657 and it was incorporated as Jamestown in 1678. It was named in honor of James, Duke of York, who went on to become King James II in 1685.
Jamestown and Nearby Attractions
- Beavertail State Park
- Jamestown Museum
- Sydney L. Wright Museum
- Brenton Point State Park
- Jamestown Windmill
Things To Do In Jamestown
People may visit popular historical sites and museums near Jamestown, like Watson Farm, Newport Art Museum, Jamestown Museum, and Sydney L. Wright Museum. There are several parks near Jamestown that offer opportunities for recreation including Fort Adams State Park, Beavertail State Park, and Brenton Point State Park. Opportunities to play golf are available at the Jamestown Golf Course.
Air transportation is available at New Bedford Regional airport.
Jamestown Higher Education
Colleges nearby include Salve Regina University, Bristol Community College, Roger Williams University, and The University of Rhode Island.