Introduction to Charlestown, Rhode Island
Charlestown, Rhode Island, in Washington county, is 24 miles SW of Warwick, Rhode Island (center to center) and 73 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts. Part of the surrounding Providence - Fall River - Warwick metro area, the town is not an isolated.
Charlestown, which was incorporated in 1738, was named in honor of King Charles II. The area that is now Charlestown was initially part of Westerly town but was divided and the area that lies to the north of Pawcatuck River came to be known as Richmond town in 1747. Washington County, in which the town is located, was subjected to conflicting land claims in the late 1650s. These land claims over the Narragansett County were adjudicated by a royal commission under Charles II in 1664.
Charlestown and Nearby Attractions
- Ninigret Park
- Foster Cove Archeological Site
- Smith Castle
- Commodore Oliver Perry Farm
- Mystic Aquarium
- Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
Things To Do In Charlestown
Roger Williams Park Zoo, Buttonwood Park Zoo, and Capron Park Zoo are great places to visit, especially with little kids. Other places of interest near Charlestown are Foxwoods Resort & Casino and Fall River Carousel. Scarborough North & South Beaches, Charlestown Breachway, and East Beach are popular places. Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge houses varied wildlife including a number of endangered plant and animal species. Recreational opportunities such as fishing, boating, hunting, birding, hiking, and wildlife viewing are also offered here. Historic sites near the town include Hammersmith Farm, Gilbert Stuart Birthplace, and Touro Synagogue National Historic Site.
Block Island State Airport is located nearby.
Charlestown Higher Education
University of Rhode Island, Salve Regina University, and Roger Williams University are universities closest to Charlestown.