Introduction to Middletown, Rhode Island
Middletown, Rhode Island, in Newport county, is 12 miles SE of Warwick, Rhode Island (center to center) and 57 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts. The town benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Providence - Fall River - Warwick metropolitan area. Middletown contains a population of approximately 17,334.
Before European settlement, this area was inhabited mainly by Native Americans belonging to the Narragansetts and Wampanoags tribes. According to historical sources, the earliest European to make contact with the Indians living in this area was Giovanni da Verrazano. He arrived in 1524 and stayed only for some time. However, by 1614, Dutch traders began actively conducting business with the area's natives. Middletown was established as a distinct town in 1743.
Middletown and nearby Attractions
- Sachuest Beach
- Norman Bird Sanctuary
- Whitehall Museum House
- Prescott Farm
- Green End Fort
- Beavertail State Park
Things To Do In Middletown
Fort Adams State Park offers an excellent array of recreational opportunities on its 105-acres. It has facilities for swimming, picnicking, and fishing. During the summer months, it serves as the venue for entertaining concerts. Fort Adams is a historically significant structure. It is a pentagon shaped fort that was constructed in the 19th century. Beavertail Lighthouse Museum is one of several delightful museums in the neighborhood.
Martha’s Vineyard Airport provides facilities for air transportation.
Middletown Higher Education
Roger Williams University, University Of Rhode Island, and Community College of Rhode Island offer courses for higher studies.