Introduction to Hopkinton, Rhode Island
Hopkinton, Rhode Island, in Washington county, is 25 miles SW of Warwick, Rhode Island (center to center) and 72 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts. The town benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the New London - Norwich metropolitan area. Hopkinton has a population of approximately 7,836.
Hopkinton is named for one of the signatories of the Declaration of Independance, Stephen Hopkins. The historic town, which was incorporated in 1757, contains the villages of Rockville, Ashaway, Hope Valley, and Bradford. Among the notable residents of the town are Billy Gilman, the youngest country western star and John Wilbur, Quaker minister. The town is part of Washington County, which was originally known by the name Kings County and became Washington County in 1781. In Rhode Island, Washington County is also known by the name South County.
Hopkinton and Nearby Attractions
- Enchanted Forest
- Fort Griswold State Park
- Tomaquag Museum
- Monte Cristo Cottage
- Mystic Aquarium
- Roger Williams Park Zoo
Things To Do In Hopkinton
Some of the popular attractions near Hopkinton are Foxwoods Resort & Casino, Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum, Essex Steam Train, and Fall River Carousel. Opportunities for recreation are available at Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge, Misquamicut State Beach, and Goddard Memorial State Park. Mountain biking, hiking, camping, and fishing may be enjoyed at Hopeville Pond State Park. The exhibits at Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center portray the life and history of Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. Museums including Prudence Crandall Museum, U.S. Coast Guard Museum, and South County Museum may also be visited.
Flights are available at Westerly State Airport.
Hopkinton Higher Education
Colleges closest to Hopkinton include the University of Rhode Island, Mitchell College, and Three Rivers Community College.