The history of the towns (township) of Exeter in Washington County and East and West Greenwich in Kent County are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this new 37 page spiral-bound booklet, reprinted from two hard-to-find books: History of the State of Rhode Island published in 1878 by Hoag, Wade and Co., Philadelphia, and Rhode Island, a Guide to the Smallest State, a WPA project published in 1937. The booklet measures 11" x 8 1/2" and is printed one-sided on 60# paper. A clear vinyl sheet has been added to protect cover, which is printed in copper, dark blue and black on Natural Skytone Parchtone stock. East Greenwich in Kent County encompasses: East Greenwich (formerly Seekonk). Exeter in Washington County encompasses: Browningville, Exeter, Exeter Hill, Fisherville, Hallville, Kenyonville, Lawtonville, Millville, Pine Hill, Yawpoo. West Greenwich in Kent County encompasses: Escoheag, Kit's Corners, Liberty, Nooseneck, Nooseneck Valley, Robin Hollow, and West Greenwich Centre. The 1878 book excerpts cover the early development of this area, while passages from the WPA book, give a nostalgic glimpse from a later vantage point, including interesting historical notes, especially as they relate to sightseeing possibilities. Among the many and diverse subjects taken from these books are: Physical features, such as "Queen's Fort," and "Rattlesnake Ledge", and geological traits; Roger Williams' first stop; Names of many Early Settlers, veterans of King Philip's War; Boundary Disputes; Early Modes of Punishment; Manufacturing and Industry-- pottery, calico printing, saltpetre works, woollen cards; tanneries, hats, cotton, and others; Newspapers; Secret Societies in East Greenwich; the Kentish Guards; Education; Kent Academy; the Baptist Church in Exeter and other churches; the mystery of Theophilus Whiley; Major George Bliss, medal of honor winner; and other interesting bits of history and trivia. There's also an early map of the state, a population table, and descriptions of notable homes and other points of interest in the area.
Exeter and East and West Greenwich, RI
Sources: History of the State of Rhode Island / East Greenwich History; West Greenwich History; Exeter History
Authors: John Warner Barber
Original Publication Year: 1878
Original Publisher: Hoag, Wade and Co.
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