Lovely historic villages can be found all over New England. While each one offers something unique, the historic villages in Rhode Island are particularly memorable. Here are 11 charming and historically rich villages found in the Ocean State.
1. Wickford Village, North Kingstown
Beautiful and scenic Wickford Village was established in 1709. Historic architecture, great vintage shops, amazing restaurants, and more make this a wonderful place to visit in the state.
2. Peacedale, South Kingstown
The village of Peacedale is centrally located in South Kingstown and is as lovely as it is unique! It is routinely ranked one of the safest places to live in the state and is considered up and coming.
3. Wakefield, South Kingstown
Together with Peacedale, Wakefield the villages are recognized by the U.S. census as the designated Wakefield-Peacedale place. The Wakefield portion is where many historic sites are found in the town.
4. Pawtuxet Village, Warwick and Cranston
Pawtuxet Village, which means "little falls," is not only charming, it also offers amazing shopping and restaurants. Everything from delicious coffee and ice cream, to crepes and more are found here!
5. Ashaway, Hopkinton
Ashaway is the primary village of Hopkinton on the southern end of the state. Amazing hiking trails and state beaches are found in close proximity to this stunning location.
6. Adamsville, Little Compton
As one of the oldest villages in Rhode Island, Adamsville was founded in 1675. It is found in the charming small town of Little Compton which also boasts beautiful beaches and other warm weather attractions.
7. Chepachet, Glocester
Chepachet means "where rivers meet" in the language of the natives that resided in this part of the state. It is found on the northwestern part of Rhode Island and is as beautiful as it is charming.
8. Kingston, South Kingstown
The village of Kinston is not only home to one of the state's largest universities, but also several historically rich attractions. Vintage shops, book stores, and more are found in the center of the village and are great for exploring.
9. Matunuck, South Kingstown
Matunuck is yet another wonderful old village found in South Kingstown. This lovely place offers beautiful scenic views and great seafood restaurants.
10. Albion, Lincoln
This village makes up the historic district of the town of Lincoln. It's found along the Blackstone River and is home to a stunning waterfall.
11. Slatersville, North Smithfield
Slatersville is another historic district in the northern part of Rhode Island. It is home to old textile mills, and other historic sites.