Introduction to Richmond, Rhode Island
Richmond, Rhode Island, in Washington county, is 19 miles SW of Warwick, Rhode Island (center to center) and 67 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is in the New London - Norwich metropolitan area and has a population of 7,222.
Richmond was part of Westerly, Rhode Island from 1669 to 1747. This area was under dispute between the British colonies of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. In 1665, the charters of the three disputed colonies were dissolved by Charles II, the King of England and he renamed the area King's County. After King's County was organized into the town of Westerly in 1669, it was further organized into four areas, namely, Charlestown, Westerly, Richmond, and Hopkinton. In 1747, Richmond was incorporated as a distinct town.
Richmond and Nearby Attractions
- Colt State Park
- Fort Adams
- Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
- Mystic Aquarium
- Fall River Carousel
- Tomaquag Museum
Things To Do In Richmond
There are several museums in the area around Richmond, such as South County Museum, Smith Castle, Beavertail Lighthouse Museum, and Herreshoff Marine Museum. Activities like swimming, hiking, picnicking, camping, and fishing may be enjoyed at Hopeville Pond State Park, Fort Adams State Park, Burlingame State Park, and Fort Wetherill State Park. Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge is home to endangered animals, such as birds, and plants. Wildlife watching is a popular activity at the wildlife refuge. Other frequently visited destinations nearby are Foxwoods Resort & Casino, Capron Park Zoo, and Roger Williams Park Zoo.
Air transportation is available at Westerly State Airport.
Richmond Higher Education
Johnson & Wales University, Salve Regina University, and the University of Rhode Island are located nearby.