Photo: David G. Fales House, ca. 1858, 476 High St. Central Falls, RI. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. Photographed by user:Kenneth C. Zirkel (own work), 2013, [cc-by-3.0 (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons, accessed January, 2014.
The Providence County Courthouse is located at 250 Benefit Street, Providence RI 02903; phone: 401-277-6710.
There is no form of county government in Rhode Island. This, the largest of Rhode Island counties was founded in 1703 and today covers an area of approximately 410 square miles, more than 16 times greater than Bristol County, the smallest, at 25 square miles.
Rhode Island is one of two states with no county government. (The other is Connecticut.) The role of the county is historic and, today, solely for judicial administration. The state is divided into 39 municipalities, each with its own local form of government. Fourteen of those municipalities are within Providence County, six cities, and eight towns.