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Westerly Town

Washington County, Rhode Island

Photo: Larkin-Lewis-Perry House, ca. 1850, 8 Margin Street, Perry Homestead Historic District, Westerly, RI. The Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2016. Photograph by Richard C. Youngken, 2014, for nomination document, Perry Homestead Historic District, Washington County, RI, NR# 16000089, National Park Service, National Register of Historic Places, accessed March, 2016.

Westerly Town Photo

Westerly Town Hall is located at 45 Broad Street, Westerly RI 02891.
Phone: 401‑348‑2500.


Beginnings [1]

In pre-colonial times the Westerly area was home to the Pequot, Niantic, and Narragansett tribes. The first European settlers arrived in 1648. By 1660 the Native Americans had conveyed to the colonists a tract of land twenty miles along the coast and ten miles deep into the interior, which included what is now Westerly and parts of Charlestown, Hopkinton and Richmond. The area was then known as "Mishquamicuk" or Misquamicut, a native word which denoted "land of red fish" or salmon. The town of Westerly was incorporated in 1669 and the current legal boundaries were established in 1757, by which time Charlestown, Richmond, and Hopkinton had been separated from Westerly. The town's boundaries are the Pawcatuck River, which separates Westerly from Connecticut on the west, Fishers Island Sound and Block Island Sound on the south and the boundaries of Charlestown and Hopkinton on the east and north.

  1. Comprehensive Plan, Town of Westerly, Rhode Island, westerly.govoffice.com, accessed May 2010.

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