Richmond, Rhode Island

Richmond is a town in Washington County, Rhode Island. The population was 7,708 at the 2010 census. It contains the villages of Alton, Arcadia, Barberville, Carolina, Hillsdale, Hope Valley, Kenyon, Shannock, Tug Hollow, Usquepaug, Wood River Junction, Woodville, and Wyoming.[3] Students in Richmond are part of the Chariho Regional School District.

Richmond, Rhode Island
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Location of Richmond in Washington County, Rhode Island
Location of Richmond in Washington County, Rhode Island
Coordinates: 41°30′N 71°40′W / 41.500°N 71.667°WCoordinates: 41°30′N 71°40′W / 41.500°N 71.667°W
CountryUnited States
StateRhode Island
 • Town Council
  • Henry R. Oppenheimer
  • Paul H. Michaud
  • Ronald D. Newman
  • B. Joe Reddish, III
  • Erick Davis
 • Town ClerkTracy A. Nelson
 • Total40.8 sq mi (105.6 km2)
 • Land40.6 sq mi (105.0 km2)
 • Water0.2 sq mi (0.6 km2)
381 ft (116 m)
 • Total7,708
 • Density189.9/sq mi (7/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
02812 (Carolina), 02832 (Hope Valley), 02836 (Kenyon), 02875 (Shannock), 02892 (West Kingston), 02894 (Wood River Junction), 02898 (Wyoming)
Area code(s)401
FIPS code44-61160[1]
GNIS feature ID1220089[2]


The town of Richmond was originally part of the territory of Westerly, Rhode Island (1669 to 1747), which remained in dispute for several years among the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, Connecticut Colony, and Massachusetts Bay Colony. In 1665, King Charles II dissolved the charters of those three colonies and renamed the disputed area "King’s County". In May 1669, the General Assembly of Rhode Island organized King’s County into the town of Westerly, and the town of Westerly organized itself into four separate areas: Westerly, Charlestown, Richmond, and Hopkinton.

On April 19, 1873, there was a bridge washout in the village of Richmond Switch, which today is known as Wood River Junction. A passenger train approached, unaware of the bridge washout, and ran off the tracks and into the water. Eleven people died; others were swept down stream and were unaccounted for.

The Washington County Fair is the largest fair in the state and has been held in Richmond since 1970.[4]


Richmond is 35 miles (56 km) south of the state's capital, Providence, Rhode Island. It is a mostly forested, landlocked community

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 40.8 square miles (105.6 km²), of which 40.6 square miles (105.0 km²) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.6 km²) is water.

Richmond borders Charlestown to the south, Exeter to the north and northeast, Hopkinton to the west, and South Kingstown to the southeast. Richmond is the only town in Washington County that does not border another county or the ocean.

A 2,359-acre (9.55 km2) tract in Richmond is owned by the state and managed for wildlife food and habitat as the Carolina Management Area. The Carolina Management Area is primarily forest (1,416 acres (5.73 km2)), but also includes wetlands and agricultural land.[5]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20157,635[6]−0.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[7][8]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 7,222 people, 2,537 households, and 2,034 families residing in the town. The population density was 178.1 people per square mile (68.7/km²). There were 2,620 housing units at an average density of 64.6 per square mile (24.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.97% White, 0.40% African American, 0.91% Native American, 0.44% Asian, 0.19% from other races, and 1.08% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.23% of the population.

There were 2,537 households out of which 40.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.3% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.8% were non-families. 14.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.84 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the town, the population was spread out with 27.9% under the age of 18, 6.1% from 18 to 24, 34.4% from 25 to 44, 24.5% from 45 to 64, and 7.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 100.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $59,840, and the median income for a family was $64,688. Males had a median income of $41,357 versus $29,115 for females. The per capita income for the town was $22,351. About 1.9% of families and 3.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.2% of those under age 18 and 4.3% of those age 65 or over.


The town government is directed by a 5-member town council that is headed by a council president at the Richmond Town Hall.[9] For the purpose of school administration, Richmond is a member town of the Chariho Regional School District with the neighboring towns of Charlestown and Hopkinton.

In May 2007 Richmond voters approved a referendum to create a Home Rule Charter Commission. The Charter Commission subsequently created a Richmond Home Rule Charter, and the Town Council unanimously approved its placement on the November 2008 ballot. Richmond voters approved the Charter by a 70%-30% margin. The Rhode Island General Assembly gave their approval on May 20, 2009, and the Charter took effect on May 28, 2009 when Governor Donald Carcieri allowed it to become law without his signature.[10]

The Charter retains many features of the prior government: the 5-member town council headed by a council president; an elected town clerk; and a Finance Board and an annual Financial Town Meeting. The major changes included 4-year terms for the town councilors instead of 2 years, effective in November 2010, and the creation of a Town Administrator who reports directly to the town council.[11]

Notable people

National Register of Historic Places listings in Richmond


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ Richard E. Wolke. "A Brief History of Richmond". Town of Richmond, Rhode Island, website. Archived from the original on September 30, 2011. Retrieved July 5, 2009.
  4. ^
  5. ^ Carolina Management Area Archived 2008-11-20 at the Wayback Machine, Rhode Island Tourism Division website, accessed July 9, 2009
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Archived from the original on June 2, 2016. Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  8. ^ Snow, Edwin M. (1867). Report upon the Census of Rhode Island 1865. Providence, RI: Providence Press Company.
  9. ^ Town of Richmond profile, Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation
  10. ^ R.I. General Assembly web site Archived 2011-06-13 at the Wayback Machine, Legislative Report on R.I. Senate Bill 130. Retrieved December 30, 2009
  11. ^ Richmond Home Rule Charter, Town of Richmond, Rhode Island, website. Retrieved December 30, 2009)

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Albert S. Potter Octagon House

The Albert S. Potter Octagon House (also known simply as the Octagon House) is an historic octagonal house located at 4 Carolina Main Street (Rhode Island Route 112) on the corner of Shannock Hill Road in the village of Carolina in Richmond, Rhode Island. It was built by watchmaker Albert S. Potter in 1857. Potter reportedly did his watchmaking in the octagonal cupola atop the two-story house. The building is now covered with asbestos siding and is owned by the Carolina Preservation and Band Society.

The Albert S. Potter Octagon House is a contributing property in the Carolina Village Historic District, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places on May 2, 1974.

Alton, Rhode Island

Alton is a small village of about 250 residents within the town of Richmond, Rhode Island. It is located about one hour south of Providence, the state's capital. The village is primarily residential, with no retail stores. Alton is located at a crossing of the Wood River and is 5 miles from the Pawcatuck River.

Arcadia Management Area

The Arcadia Management Area is a protected area in Richmond, Exeter, Hopkinton, and West Greenwich, Rhode Island. With an area of 14,000 acres, it is the state's largest recreational area. During the winter some of the roads going through the forest close and are only accessible by foot traffic. In 2011, part of the film Moonrise Kingdom was filmed at the park.

Beaver River (Rhode Island)

The Beaver River is a river in the U.S. state of Rhode Island. It flows approximately 11.0 miles (17.7 km). There are three dams along the river's length. The river is also famous locally for its trout fishing in the spring.

Benjamin Enos

Benjamin Enos (February 13, 1788 in Richmond, Washington County, Rhode Island – February 4, 1868 in DeRuyter, Madison County, New York) was an American politician.

Billy Gilman

William Wendell Gilman III (born May 24, 1988) is an American singer. Starting as a young country artist, he is known for his debut single "One Voice", a top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and a top 20 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in 2000. He has released five albums, including three for Epic Nashville. In 2016, Gilman auditioned for season 11 of the US edition of The Voice and competed as part of Team Adam Levine, finishing as runner-up for the season.

Carolina, Rhode Island

Carolina is a village that straddles the border of the towns of Charlestown and Richmond on the Pawcatuck River in Washington County, Rhode Island. Rhode Island Route 112 passes through the village. Carolina is identified as a census-designated place for reporting of data from the 2010 census.

Frank J. Williams

Frank J. Williams (born August 24, 1940) is a former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Rhode Island, a notable Abraham Lincoln scholar and author, and a Justice of the Military Commission Review Panel.

Frank Leoni

Frank Leoni (born November 28, 1968) is an American college baseball coach, the head coach of the Marymount Saints baseball since the program began competition in 2014. Previously, Leoni was a Division I head coach at William & Mary (2006–2012) and Rhode Island (1993–2005). In 2005 under Leoni, Rhode Island qualified for its first NCAA Tournament. Leoni attended Rhode Island, where he played college baseball from 1988–1991.

John Hoxsie House

The John Hoxsie House, also known as the Old Kenyon Farm, is an historic farmstead in Richmond, Rhode Island. The farm is a 60-acre (24 ha) parcel of land accessed via a long private drive on the east side of Richmond Town House Road (Rhode Island Route 112), just north of Pinecrest Road, and is a rare, virtually intact, example of a 19th-century farmstead. The main house, a 1-1/2 story Cape style structure, was built in 1784 by John Hoxsie.The property was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.

Justin K. Price

Justin K. Price (born December 29, 1964) is an American politician and is a Republican member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives. Justin represents the people of District 39, which includes Exeter, Hopkinton, and Richmond, Rhode Island and took office in January 2015. After defeating Michael J. Picillo in the primary, Justin went on to defeat Larry Valencia in the 2014 general election.Price served on the following committees: Environmental and Natural Resources; Health, Education and Welfare; Municipal Government.

Price now serves on the following committees: Judiciary, Rules and Small Business

Price is also the Co-Chairman of the Republican Policy Group

National Register of Historic Places listings in Washington County, Rhode Island

This is a list of the National Register of Historic Places listings in Washington County, Rhode Island.

This is intended to be a complete list of the properties and districts on the National Register of Historic Places in Washington County, Rhode Island, United States. Latitude and longitude coordinates are provided for many National Register properties and districts; these locations may be seen together in a map.There are 132 properties and districts listed on the National Register in the county, including 4 National Historic Landmarks.

This National Park Service list is complete through NPS recent listings posted July 12, 2019.

Rhode Island Route 112

Route 112 is a numbered State Highway running 8.5 miles (13.7 km) in Rhode Island. It connects U.S. Route 1 in the town center of Charlestown and Route 138 in the town of Richmond.

Rhode Island Route 3

Route 3 is a state highway in the U.S. state of Rhode Island. Route 3 serves as a local alternative to Interstate 95 as it parallels I-95 for almost its entire length. Route 3 in West Warwick was the site of The Station nightclub fire.

Rhode Island Route 91

Route 91 is a numbered state highway running 12.0 miles (19.3 km) in Rhode Island.

Usquepaug, Rhode Island

Usquepaug (or "Usquepaugh") is a village in the towns of Richmond and South Kingstown in Washington County, Rhode Island, United States, along the Usquepaug River and near the Usquepaug Road Historic District.

Wood River (Pawcatuck River tributary)

The Wood River is a river in the U.S. states of Connecticut and Rhode Island. It flows approximately 25 miles (40 km) and is a major tributary of the Pawcatuck River. There are 8 dams along the river's length.

Wood River Junction, Rhode Island

Wood River Junction is a small village in the town of Richmond, Rhode Island in the United States. It is home to the Chariho school district's main campus and is otherwise largely turf farms.

Wyoming, Rhode Island

Wyoming is a village and census-designated place on the Wood River in southern Rhode Island, primarily in the town of Richmond, Rhode Island, but extending north across the river (which defines the town line) into the town of Hopkinton, Rhode Island. It is the site of the Wyoming Village Historic District and a post office assigned ZIP code 02898.

Places adjacent to Richmond, Rhode Island
Municipalities and communities of Washington County, Rhode Island, United States


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