Chepachet Village Will Make You Fall In Love With Rural Rhode Island
Where are your favorite places in Rhode Island to visit? Some of us are big fans of the larger cities like Newport and Providence, while others might prefer to hang out in a small coastal town. And if you love feeling like you’re in an old-fashioned New England town, you’ll be smitten with Chepachet. It’s quiet, quaint, and completely charming.
Chepachet is a village in the town of Glocester in northwest Rhode Island.
Only about 1,700 Rhode Islanders call it home, so it definitely has a small town feel.
Chepachet, which translates to "Where rivers meet," was originally inhabited by the Pequot and Nipmuc natives.
During the American Revolution, Loyalists from Newport were exiled near Chepachet. In 1842, the town was the setting of the endgame of the Dorr Rebellion, which helped win voting rights for non-landowners in a new state Constitution.
Given the fact that this place has so much history, it isn't surprising that it was the first village in Rhode Island to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
It's definitely full of nostalgic charm.
These days, Chepachet is best known for being home to the Glocester Heritage Society Brown & Hopkins Store, one of the oldest continuously operating country stores in North America (established 1809).
The village also hosts the annual Ancients and Horribles Parade, a traditional Fourth of July event that has been held here since 1926.
Of course, on most days, all you'll find here is beautiful houses, shops, and parks.
The town also overlooks the Chepachet River.
There are no hotels here, but you'll find plenty of lodging nearby.
But even spending a few hours here will lift your spirits and take you back to a simpler time.
This village will really make you fall in love with rural Rhode Island.
As our beautiful state starts to re-open, places like this will be especially fun to explore.
Have you ever checked out Chepachet?
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Chepachet, Glocester, RI 02814, USA