North Smithfield

North Smithfield is a large town in Rhode Island.

North Smithfield is located in Providence County, Rhode Island, United States, and was settled as a farming community in the 17th century and incorporated into its present form in 1871. North Smithfield includes the historic villages of Forestdale, Primrose, Waterford, Branch Village, Union Village, Park Square, and Slatersville. The population was 10,618 at the 2000 census. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 24.7 square miles (64.1 km²), of which, 24.0 square miles (62.3 km²) of it is land and 0.7 square miles (1.8 km²) of it (2.83%) is water.

North Smithfield is in a New England upland region; both the Branch and Blackstone Rivers provided much of the power for the early mills in the town.

Get in

There are a number of ways to get in and out if North Smithfield. If you are traveling a significant distance, you may want to consider flying into T. F Green (PVD) airport and taking either a taxi or rental car from the airport. If you are relatively close to North Smithfield, driving would be your best bet. Considering the fact that Rhode Island is so small in size, everything is within short driving distance. There is also a train station located in Providence (downtown) that you may want to keep into consideration.

Get around

Though the town of North Smithfield is small in size, there is an abundance of historic houses, sites, landmarks and mills enriched with history to visit. Originally settled in the 17th century by British colonists it started out prodominately as a farming community. Located along the Blackstone River, mills were later built along the river. These mills are still standing today, some of them are open to public tours and others have been turned into luxury living communities or offices. If you are into old, historical New England architecture, then consider checking out the historic Slatersville Congregational Church. Built in the early 1800s this historic white colonial church features an old piano, organ and the original pwes and balcony. The church is open for viewing Monday - Friday from 9AM - 12PM and worship is open to all on Sundays from 10-11 with a coffee hour following the service. The service is open to all religions and all people.

The historic Slatersville Public Library may be of another interest to some. This Public library was also built in the 1800s right on the Blackstone river. Behind the library lies an old bridge as well as remnants of old mill engineering devices.

If you are into historic school houses, the Forestdale Red School House is also located here. Though this old one room school house is no longer used for educational purposes, it is open to tours.

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Routes through North Smithfield

Worcester Millbury ← Jct W E ← becomes  N  S  Lincoln Providence
END Burrillville  N  S  Smithfield Providence
Ends at Woonsocket  N  S  Smithfield Providence


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