Introduction to Woonsocket, Rhode Island
Woonsocket, Rhode Island, in Providence county, is 11 miles NW of Pawtucket, Rhode Island (center to center) and 33 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts.The people of the city are in the Providence - Fall River - Warwick metropolitan area.
Woonsocket was originally inhabited by the Nipmucs, Narragansetts, and Wampanoags Indians. European settlers first arrived here in the 17th century. Roger Williams, an English theologian, purchased the area in 1661. According to tradition, the city derived its name from an Indian term meaning "at the very steep hill. However, some believe it means "thunder mist" and refers to the Blackstone River's largest waterfall, which lies at the center of Woonsocket. It was initially incorporated as a town in 1867 and was reincorporated as a city in 1888.
Woonsocket and nearby Attractions
- Museum of Work & Culture
- River Island Park
- Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor
- World War II Memorial State Park
- Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
- Franklin Park Zoo
Things To Do In Woonsocket
Woonsocket is home to the Museum of Work and Culture. You can also visit Island Place Historic District, Social Park, Veterans Memorial Park, and North End Historic District. You can also plan a family daytrip to the Garden in the Woods, Tower Hill Botanic Garden, New England Aquarium, and Buttonwood Park Zoo. One can enjoy shopping at the Mill River Square Shopping Center, The Pavilion Shopping Center, Walnut Hill Plaza Shopping Center, and Bibliotheque Mallet.
Air transportation is available from Theodore Francis Green State Airport.
Woonsocket Higher Education
Bryant College and Providence College are the nearest colleges.