The history of three Providence County towns (townships) -- Lincoln, Smithfield and North Smithfield -- are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this 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 new 54 page 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. Lincoln encompasses the communities of: Albion, Ashton, Central Falls, Lincoln, Lonsdale, Moshassuck, Valley Falls. North Smithfield encompasses the communities of: Forestdale, North Smithfield, Slatersville, Union. Smithfield encompasses the communities of: Allenville, Esmond, Georgiaville, Granite Mills (formerly Spragueville), Greenville, Knightsville, Stillwater. 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 the Blackstone River and Woonsocket Hill, and geological traits; Early Settlers and Population Origins; Town organizations; First General Assembly members and other officials; the Poor Department; Military, Police and Fire Dept., including the Lincoln Union Guard and Company C, 5th Battalion Infantry R.I.M.; Mrs. Anthony Gage, a determined "time-keeper"; the Post Office, Banks, Reservoirs, and Newspapers; Transportation; Curious tale of Hearthside, and other notable homes; Businesses, including the Pawtucket Hair-Cloth Co., the American Curled-Hair Co., several cloth mfg. companies, tin and sheet iron mfg, job printing, a scythe-works, the Moshassuck Bleachery, and many others; Secret Societies, with many names included; the Waterman family, the Farnum family and the Hawkins family; Schools and Churches; the well-preserved Eleaszer Arnold Tavern and the Greenville Tavern, meeting place for Patriots; and other interesting bits of history and trivia. There's also an early map of the state, a population table covering the 20th Century, and descriptions of notable homes and other points of interest in the area. The booklet contains two very nice full-page sketches: the residence of Albert Mowry in North Smithfield and St. John's Catholic Church in Slatersville. The Slatersville Congregational Church, Hearthside in Lincoln, Fireplace House in Lincoln Woods, and the Eleazer Arnold Tavern in Lincoln, are also pictured.