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North Kingstown, Rhode Island
The Gilbert Stuart Birthplace in North Kingstown
Location of North Kingstown in Washington County, Rhode Island
|• Total||58.3 sq mi (151.1 km2)|
|• Land||43.6 sq mi (112.9 km2)|
|• Water||14.7 sq mi (38.2 km2)|
|Elevation||82 ft (25 m)|
|• Density||636/sq mi (245.6/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||1220088|
North Kingstown is a town in Washington County, Rhode Island, United States, and is part of the Providence metropolitan area. The population was 27,732 in the 2020 census. North Kingstown is home to the birthplace of American portraitist Gilbert Stuart, who was born in the village of Saunderstown. Within the town is Quonset Point, location of the former Naval Air Station Quonset Point, known for the invention of the Quonset hut, as well as the historic village of Wickford.
The town of Kings Towne was founded in 1674, by the colonial government, and included the present day towns of North Kingstown, South Kingstown, Exeter, and Narragansett. In 1722, Kings Towne was split into two parts, North Kingstown and South Kingstown, with North Kingstown, having the earliest settlements, retaining the 1674 establishment date. In 1742 the town of Exeter was taken from the western part of North Kingstown.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 58.3 square miles (151 km2). 43.6 square miles (113 km2) of it is land and 14.8 square miles (38 km2) of it (25.28%) is water.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the 2010 census, there were 26,486 people, 10,436 households, and 7,347 families residing in the town. The racial makeup of the town was 94.7% White, 1.0% African American, 0.6% American Indian/Alaska Native, 1.3% Asian, 0.5% from some other race other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.4% of the population.
Of the 10,436 households, 70.4% were families, 31.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, and 29.6% were non-families. 24.2% of all households were made up of householders living alone. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.02. 75.4% of households resided in owner-occupied units and 24.6% in rental units.
According to the 2017 American Community Survey, the median income for a household in the town was $87,311 (adjusted to inflation), the median income for a family was $105,954, and the median income for married-couple families was $120,103.
North Kingstown is also served by a passenger ferry connecting to the island of Martha's Vineyard.
Points of interest
- Casey Farm (1725): An original colonial plantation that is today one of the oldest operational farms in New England.
- Davis Memorial Wildlife Refuge: 96 acres of forest and wetlands preserved by the Audubon Society of Rhode Island.
- Devil's Foot Rock: A footprint-like natural impression or possibly petrosomatoglyph. Legends going back to the colonial era tell of a squaw being chased by the devil. Some say that she fled from Boston. Her pursuer is said to have left his footprints at Devil's Foot Rock, then at Chimney Hill in South Kingstown, and finally at Block Island.
- Gilbert Stuart Birthplace and Museum (1751): The house in which American portraitist Gilbert Stuart was born in 1755. The museum features works from throughout Stuart's career and operational grist and snuff mills.
- Historic Wickford Village: A historic seaside village which contains one of the largest collections of preserved 18th-century houses in the Northeastern United States. Wickford also has a large and scenic harbor.
- Quonset Air Museum: A large museum located at the former Naval Air Station Quonset Point which focuses on military aviation history.
- Smith's Castle (1678): A colonial plantation located on the shore of Narragansett Bay.
- Quonset Point, a former military base which was once the home of the Naval Construction Battalions known as the Seabees.
Other National Historic Places in North Kingstown
- Allen-Madison House (1801)
- Camp Endicott (1942)
- Crowfield Historic District
- Davisville Historic District
- George Douglas House (1738)
- George Fayerweather Blacksmith Shop (1819)
- Ezekial Gardner House
- Hamilton Mill Village Historic District
- Lafayette Village
- Stephen Northup House (1712)
- Old Narragansett Cemetery
- Old Narragansett Church (1707)
- Palmer-Northrup House (1680)
- Joseph Pierce Farm
- Plum Beach Light (1899)
- Poplar Point Light (1831)
- Rathbun House
- Esbon Sanford House (1832)
- Saunderstown Historic District
- Six Principle Baptist Church (1703)
- Joseph Slocum House (1750)
- Spink Farm (1798)
- St. Paul's Church (1847)
- The Taggart Home (1901)
- The Young House
- YWCA Site
North Kingstown School Department is the municipal school district. It operates North Kingstown High School.
- Gilbert Stuart (1755–1828), painter; his portrait of George Washington appears on the one dollar bill
- Captain Daniel Fones
- Elizabeth Beisel, two-time Olympic medalist swimmer
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