Introduction to Pawtucket, Rhode Island

Pawtucket, Rhode Island, in Providence county, is 37 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts. Pawtucket is the fourth largest city in Rhode Island and is one of the few cities in the United States which has a significant Liberian population. Hasbro, a major manufacturer of toys and games has its headquarters in the city. Pawtucket is home to numerous industries, including jewelry, silverware, textiles and metals. It was a major factor during the Industrial Revolution and includes a large number of historic sites. The municipality is a cultural and arts center for the region.

Pawtucket History

The city was established in 1671. Pawtucket had a prominent role in the industrialization of the country. In 1793 Samuel Slater built a facility for spinning cotton yarn. Slater Mill is regarded as the origin of industry for the nation. Pawtucket had a thriving textile industry and numerous machine shops and iron works facilities. Over time, it became an important manufacturing center.

Pawtucket Attractions

  • The annual Arts Festival occurs in September
  • Riversing is a popular musical event
  • The Pawtucket Red Sox is a minor league baseball team associated with the Boston Red Sox
  • Hollywood Walk of Fame is dedicated to the movies made in Pawtucket
  • Gallery Flux showcases contemporary art
  • Museum of Work and Culture focuses on the immigrants who worked in the mills

Pawtucket Historic Sites

Pawtucket has a large number of historic locations including Slater Mill which is regarded as the birthplace of industry in the United States. The site also includes the notable Sylvanus Brown House and the Wilkinson Mill which showcases a 19th century machine shop. Visitors also have an opportunity to see operating textile machines from the early days. The nearby Slaterville Village Green is regarded as one of the oldest mill villages in the nation and includes homes from the Colonial era.

The Dagget House features notable antiques such as Colonial pewter from the Revolutionary War and china formerly owned by General and Mrs. Nathaniel Greene. The Modern Diner was the first diner in the country to be included in the National Register of Historic Places. It's a Sterling Streamliner, which were constructed during the late 1930's as well as the early 1940's. Other noteworthy historic sites include:

  • John E. Adams House
  • Bridge Mill Power Plant
  • G.A. Burnham House
  • Lorenzo Crandall House
  • Division Street Bridge
  • Fuller House
  • Pawtucket Elks Lodge Building
  • Louis Kotzow House
  • Main Street Bridge
  • Mitchell-Arnold House
  • Nathaniel Montgomery House
  • Pawtucket City Hall
  • Liberty Arming the Patriot
  • Pawtucket Times Building
  • Quality Hill Historic District

Pawtucket Activities

Families enjoy Slater Memorial Park which includes a variety of recreational areas and features the oldest operating Looff Carousel in the entire world, which is included in the National Register of Historic Places. Dagget Farm offers horse riding lessons, pony rides, beautiful floral gardens and opportunities to see a variety of farm animals. The Pawtucket Country Club is popular for golfing.

Visitors enjoy the riverboat tours along the Blackstone River Valley. Ferry boat tours along the Providence Harbor and Narragansett Bay are popular with tourists. The nearby Blackstone River Bikeway is a scenic rail trail. The close by Onley Pond features beautiful granite boulders and opportunities for canoeing.

Pawtucket Almanac

CountyProvidence County
Standard Zip Codes02860, 02861
P.O. Box Zip Codes2862
Phone Area Codes401
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude41.87
Approximate Longitude-71.37

Pawtucket Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance11.5 miles
Jan Temp20 to 37 F
Apr Temp39 to 58 F
Jul Temp64 to 83 F
Oct Temp43 to 63 F
Annual Precip46.4 inches
Distance17.8 miles
Jan Temp13 to 38 F
Apr Temp35 to 59 F
Jul Temp60 to 84 F
Oct Temp37 to 64 F
Annual Precip48.7 inches
Distance18.2 miles
Jan Temp17 to 35 F
Apr Temp36 to 58 F
Jul Temp61 to 81 F
Oct Temp40 to 61 F
Annual Precip53.1 inches

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Pawtucket Public Libraries

Pawtucket Public Library
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Pawtucket Hospitals

Memorial Hospital Of Rhode Island
111 Brewster Street

Pawtucket Public Schools

Agnes E. Little School
60 South Bend Street
ZIP: 2860
(401) 729-6256
Total Enrollment 428
Blackstone Academy Charter
334 Pleasant Street
ZIP: 2860
(401) 726-1750
Total Enrollment 171
Charles E. Shea High School
485 East Avenue
ZIP: 2860
(401) 729-6445
Total Enrollment 863
Cunningham School
40 Baldwin Street
ZIP: 2860
(401) 729-6262
Total Enrollment 532
Elizabeth Baldwin School
50 Whitman Street
ZIP: 2860
(401) 729-6264
Total Enrollment 714
Francis J. Varieur School
486 Pleasant Street
ZIP: 2860
(401) 729-6266
Total Enrollment 446
Henry J. Winters School
481 Broadway
ZIP: 2860
(401) 729-6272
Total Enrollment 471
International Charter School
334 Pleasant Street
ZIP: 2860
(401) 721-0824
Total Enrollment 325
Jacqueline M. Walsh School
350 Divison Street
ZIP: 2860
(401) 721-2148
Total Enrollment 192
Joseph Jenks Junior High
350 Division Street
ZIP: 2860
(401) 729-6520
Total Enrollment 471
Nathanael Greene School
285 Smithfield Avenue
ZIP: 2860
(401) 729-6260
Total Enrollment 553
Samuel Slater Junior High
281 Mineral Spring Avenue
ZIP: 2860
(401) 729-6480
Total Enrollment 684
William E. Tolman High
150 Exchange Street
ZIP: 2860
(401) 729-6400
Total Enrollment 996
Curvin-mccabe School
466 Cottage Street
ZIP: 2861
(401) 729-6258
Total Enrollment 440
Fallon Memorial School
62 Lincoln Avenue
ZIP: 2861
(401) 729-6254
Total Enrollment 640
Flora S. Curtis School
582 Benefit Street
ZIP: 2861
(401) 729-6252
Total Enrollment 350
Goff Junior High
974 Newport Avenue
ZIP: 2861
(401) 729-6500
Total Enrollment 658
Potter-burns School
973 Newport Avenue
ZIP: 2861
(401) 729-6250
Total Enrollment 516

Pawtucket Private Schools

Bishop Keough Regional High School
145 Power Rd
ZIP: 2860
Total Enrollment 63
Smithfield Ave Nursery School & Kindergarten
514 Smithfield Ave
ZIP: 2860
Total Enrollment 8
St Raphael Academy
123 Walcott St
ZIP: 2860
Total Enrollment 360
Tides School
242 Dexter St
ZIP: 2860
Total Enrollment 11
Valley Community School & Valley Day Program
249 Roosevelt Ave Unit 1
ZIP: 2860
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 66
Woodlawn Catholic Regional
61 Hope St
ZIP: 2860
Total Enrollment 259
Darlington Early Childhood Center
680 Newport Ave
ZIP: 2861
Total Enrollment 10
St Cecilia School
755 Central Ave
ZIP: 2861
Total Enrollment 230
St Teresa School
140 Woodhaven Rd
ZIP: 2861
Total Enrollment 197
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