Introduction to Warwick, Rhode Island
Warwick is located in Kent County and has the second largest population in Rhode Island. The city was an important part of the Revolutionary War. It's popular with tourists due to the nearby beaches, saltwater bays, scenic beauty and it's colonial history. It includes a large number of villages and provides excellent views of Narragansett Bay.
Warwick was established in 1642 by Samuel Gorton with land acquired from the Shawhomett Purchase which was negotiated with the Narragansett Indian Chief. In 1648 Gorton was given a charter by Robert Rich, the 2nd Earl of Warwick. The town was renamed in tribute to him. The town was almost destroyed during the King Philip's War.
In 1772 the town was the location of the first violent occurrence against England, which became known as the Gaspee Affair. The event consisted of a group of Colonists who torched the British ship, Gaspee. Militiamen from Warwick were involved in numerous battles with the English. George Washington's second in Command, Nathaniel Greene resided in Warwick.
Warwick includes a large number of notable colonial villages. The Apponaug Village was a major location for trade and politics. It includes city hall, the Warwick Museum and numerous churches. Conimicut Village had served as a fishing village and includes Conimicut Point Park and a notable lighthouse. Pawutexet Village is regarded as the oldest village in New England and features numerous colonial structures. Walking tours are popular with tourists. Warwick is home to numerous other notable attractions including:
- Historical Warwick Museum of Art showcases the works of Rhode Island's artists, writers as well as performers
- Warwick Public Library is a regional landmark
- Aldrich Mansion is an attractive large structure which resembles a French chateau. It includes an extensive marble staircase, noteworthy paintings and antique furniture
- Warwick City Hall showcases a huge, impressive clock tower
- John Waterman Arnold House features late 1700's architecture
- Warwick Neck Lighthouse
- Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum
- Apponaug Four Corners
- Compliments Art Gallery is one of the largest art galleries in the New England area. It offers exhibits of artists from all over the world
Warwick City Park is a large acreage which includes trails, bicycle paths and beaches. The Warwick Heritage Trail travels from the upper Narragansett Bay all the way to the western hills of Rhode Island and features a large number of historic sites. Warwick Cove is a popular destination for boating and fishing during the summer months. The Buckeye Brook Marsh and Pine Tree Preserve features herring, swans and herons.
Buttonwoods Beach offers bicycle paths, nature trails and a beach area. Goddard Memorial State Park Beach is utilized for swimming, surfing and other water sports. It includes hiking trails and bird watching areas. The city offers numerous fresh water beaches.
Warwick feature numerous bars and taverns. Gravs Pub includes a large dance floor. Groucho's is near the beach and offers scenic views. There are a wide variety of restaurants to choose from.
Gaspee Days Festival celebrates the historic colonial villages and includes arts and crafts, a costume contest and other events. The Kayak Regatta, Summer Concert Series and the Annual Indoor Pow-wow are enjoyed by residents and visitors.
Warwick is served by the T.F. Green Airport.
Warwick is home to the Community College of Rhode Island Knight Campus.