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South Kingstown Town

South Kingstown Town Hall is located at 180 High Street, Wakefield, RI 02879; phone: 401-789-9331.

Beginnings [1]

South Kingstown was formerly a part of the township of Kingstown, incorporated in 1674. Kingstown was divided into North and South Kingstown in 1723. Three-quarters of a century earlier a settlement was made at Pettaquamscutt (1657-58). In 1888, Narragansett was set off from South Kingstown as an incorporated district and in 1901 it was incorporated as a separate town. It is the largest town in area (62.9 sq. mi.) in Rhode Island, and it contains the State's largest body of fresh water, Worden's Pond, one of the sources of the Pawcatuck River.

In South Kingstown the Narragansett Indians had their stronghold, and it was among these pleasant valleys and hills that they hunted, fished, and tilled their small fields of corn before the white settlers came.

  1. Federal Writers' Project, Works Progress Administration, Rhode Island: A Guide to the Smallest State, The Riverside Press, Cambridge, Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, 1937.
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