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Towns of Rhode Island

Town Founded Parent Town & Historical Information

Barrington

1717

part of Mass.; separated as part of Warren 1747; re-est. as Barrington 1770

Bristol

1681

original town; part of Mass. until separated 1747; called Mount Hope 1679

Burrillville

1806

from Glocester

Central Falls

1895

from Lincoln

Charlestown

1738

from Westerly

Coventry

1741

from Warwick

Cranston

1754

from Providence

Cumberland

1747

from Attleboro Mass.; called Attleboro Gore

East Greenwich

1677

original town; called Dedford 1686-1689

East Providence

1862

from Rehoboth (later Seekonk) Mass.

Exeter

1743

from North Kingstown

Foster

1781

from Scituate

Glocester

1731

from Providence

Hopkinton

1757

from Westerly

Jamestown

1678

original town; Indian name Conanicut

Johnston

1759

from Providence

Lincoln

1871

from Smithfield

Little Compton

1682

part of Mass. until separated 1747

Middletown

1743

from Newport

Narragansett

1901

from South Kingstown

Newport

1639

original town

New Shoreham

1661

admitted to Colony 1664 as Block Island; incorporated & name changed 1672

North Kingstown

1641

original town; incorporated as Kingstown 1674; called Rochester 1686-1689; called North Kingstown after 1723

North Providence

1765

from Providence

North Smithfield

1871

from Smithfield; called Slater for 16 days in 1871

Pawtucket

1828

part of Mass. until separated from Attleboro 1862; part from N. Providence 1874

Portsmouth

1638

original town; called Pocasset until 1639

Providence

1636

original town

Richmond

1747

from Charlestown

Scituate

1731

from Providence

Smithfield

1731

from Providence

South Kingstown

1723

from Kingstown when divided into North & South

Tiverton

1694

part of Mass. until separated 1747

Warren

1747

part of Mass. towns of Barrington, Swansea & Rehoboth until separated 1747; part from Bristol 1873

Warwick

1643

original town; called Shawomet until 1648

Westerly

1669

original town; called Haversham 1686-1689

West Greenwich

1741

from East Greenwich

West Warwick

1913

from Warwick

Woonsocket

1867

part from Cumberland 1867; part from Smithfield 1871