Historic Wakefield Rhode Island
Historic Main Street:
Wakefield. A stroll along Main
Street brings you back in time. Wander through historic homes,
churches, quaint shops and an historic inn and restaurant.
Wakefield is in Washington County, in the Providence-New
Bedford metro area.
It is the county seat. The community is in the Eastern Standard
The latitude of Wakefield is 41.437N. The longitude is -71.501W.
The community was named after town in England
Washington County, RI
|County Seat: Wakefield
Year Organized: 1729
Square Miles: 333
MSA: Providence-New Bedford-Fall River,
Washington County Has No Form Of County Government
Washington County, RI
Washington County is one of 5 counties in Rhode Island. The
county is in the Providence-New Bedford metro area.
The estimated population in 2004 was 128,637. This was an
increase of 4.12% from the 2000 census.
|Median household income
census, U.S. Census Bureau
In 2002, the per capita personal income in Washington County was
$34,289. This was an increase of 22.6% from 1997. The 2002
figure was 111% of the national per capita income, which was
Census 2000 highlights: Fastest-growing county in the
state during the 1990s (12.3%)
Wakefield is considered "the seat" for Washington
County, Rhode Island.
incorporated as a town in 1901. Prior to that time, it was part
of South Kingstown, with local history dating back to 1675, when
Roland Robinson purchased land from the Narragansett Indians in
Pettaquamscutt and Pt. Judith.
Shipbuilding was an
important industry and sailing vessels were built on the Narrow
River at Middlebridge. In the early 1700's, South Ferry and
Franklin Ferry were thriving communities offering ferry service
to Jamestown and Newport for more than a hundred years.
Landmarks such as Ferry Church were on every sea captain's chart
of Narragansett Bay as they navigated the waterways.
In the late 1800's and
early 1900's, Narragansett became the premier vacation spot for
the wealthy. It was well known as an elegant summer resort with
a dozen or more grand hotels and many large estates and
"cottages". Probably the most prominent landmark was
the Narragansett Casino, covering nearly one square block from
Ocean Road to Matheson Street. The towers on Ocean Road served
as the main entrance and covered promenade are all that remain
after a devastating fire in 1990.
Judith Pond has long been one of New England's important
fishing ports. Because of its accessibility and proximity to
popular fishing grounds, the pond has been rediscovered as a
popular harbor for cruising, sail and sportfishing. Located on
the west bank of Narragansett Bay, Point Judith pond is
protected by a granite breakwater. The pond is home to several
marinas, restaurants and shopping.
County Historic Sites
Sites of Rhode Island
124 Granite St.
Westerly, RI 02891
Georgian-style mansion built around 1734 for Dr. Joshua Babcock,
Westerly's first physician and a state chief justice
Commodore Oliver Perry Farm
184 Post Rd.
South Kingstown, RI
Fort Adams State Park, RI
Fort on Newport Harbor housed soldiers from 1824 to 1950
Thames Street and Washington Square
Built 1761-1772. Restored as a museum.
2325 Boston Neck Road
Saunderstown, RI 02874
18th-century homestead and farm overlooking Narragansett Bay