Introduction to North Smithfield, Rhode Island
North Smithfield, Rhode Island, in Providence county, is 11 miles NW of Pawtucket, Rhode Island (center to center) and 36 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts.The town is conveniently located inside the Providence - Fall River - Warwick metropolitan area. There are an estimated 10,618 people in North Smithfield.
North Smithfield History
North Smithfield was settled by British colonists in the 17th century. It was named after Smithfield, England. The town was officially incorporated in 1871. A Quaker Colony was developed in the present day Town of North Smithfield in the early 18th century. The town also has several historic places such as the village of Slatersville, the first industrial mill village in America; Peleg Arnold Tavern, built in 1690; and the Forestdale Mill Village Historic District.
North Smithfield and nearby Attractions
- Historic Union Village
- Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor
- Slatersville Village Green
- Museum of Work and Culture
- Smith-Ballou House
- World War II Memorial State Park
Things To Do In North Smithfield
North Smithfield is home to the North Smithfield Wildlife Marsh. One can also visit the Slatersville Village Green, Forestdale Mill Village Historic District, and Union Village Historic District. The town also offers easy access to Lincoln Woods State Park, Museum of Work and Culture, World War II Memorial State Park, and Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor. The Slatersville Plaza Shopping Center and Park Square Plaza Shopping Center are the local shopping centers.
North Smithfield Transportation
Flights are available from Theodore Francis Green State Airport.
North Smithfield Higher Education
Opportunities for higher education are offered at Bryant College, Rhode Island College, Brown University, and several other colleges and universities.