Introduction to Smithfield, Rhode Island
Smithfield, Rhode Island is 9 miles W of Pawtucket, Rhode Island (center to center) and 39 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is located in Providence county and is part of the Providence - Fall River - Warwick metro area. The population of Smithfield is 20,613.
The earliest settlers, who arrived in the beginning of the 17th century, named the area after Smithfield, London. It began as a farming community with an active Quaker community that extended to South Uxbridge. In the 1800s, many mills were built in the area. The Ku Klux Klan was active during the 1920s, and the town served as the venue for frequent KKK rallies.
Smithfield and Nearby Attractions
- Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge
- Smith-Appleby House Museum
- Slater Mill Historic Site
- Goddard Memorial State Park
- Franklin Park Zoo
- Tower Hill Botanic Garden
Things To Do In Smithfield
There are several historically significant sites and buildings in and around the town including the Georgiaville Historic District, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and many Victorian and Federal buildings. The Georgiaville Pond Beach is a popular recreational area. Well known attractions nearby include Fall River Carousel, Garden in the Woods, New England Aquarium, and Arnold Arboretum. Lincoln Woods State Park has an outdoor ice rink, a freshwater beach, fishing spots, and hiking trails. Linden Place in Bristol, near Smithfield, was built in 1810. This federal style mansion was the filming location for the movie, 'The Great Gatsby' in 1974.
Flights are available at Logan International Airport.
Smithfield Higher Education
Bryant College is the local college. Nearby colleges include Providence College and Rhode Island College