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A Walking Tour of East Greenwich, Rhode Island

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There is no better way to see America than on foot. And there is no better way to appreciate what you are looking at than with a walking tour. Whether you are preparing for a road trip or just out to look at your own town in a new way, a downloadable walking tour is ready to explore when you are.

Each walking tour describes historical and architectural landmarks and provides pictures to help out when those pesky street addresses are missing. Every tour also includes a quick primer on identifying architectural styles seen on American streets.

East Greenwich, bounded by the Narragansett Bay to the east and rolling coastal hills to the west, rests in the geographic center of Rhode Island. This was Pequot Indian land until King Charles II bought it in 1644. The General Assembly incorporated the town in 1677 and granted land to 48 men who served during King Philip’s War, one of the most overlooked, yet bloody, conflicts to have occurred on American soil. The town took its name from Greenwich, England in County Kent.

Greenwich developed as a trade center for the surrounding farms and was vibrant enough to be selected county seat in 1750 and the state General Assembly met here from 1750 until 1854 on a rotating basis with other four Rhode Island government seats. Over the decades light industry, mostly textile related, began mixing in with the commerce from the sea.

Our walking tour of downtown East Greenwich will find a bit of history preserved from the 1700s, the 1800s and 1900s, a bit of maritime history, a bit of military history, a bit of ecclesiastical history, and we’ll start in the center with a bit of governmental history...

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