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A Pawtuxet Story: Lois Hollingsworth & 2 daughters are Pawtuxet Rangers. Daughter Arielle(now a Dr. in Rwanda) came home to surprise her mother and march with the Rangers in the Gaspee Days Parade. How fabulous is that? Shown here with Larry Perez, fifer. (thanks for the photo, Larry).
These are a few of the members of the Rangers who live in my village. The Rangers have their home in an original 1800's armory, built by the State to house the little militia unit. Today the Rangers Militia company as well as the fife and drum corps march in many parades and special events throughout the season. They are a great source of pride for the community.
These three jokingly refer to themselves as the South Atlantic Fifers because they all live on the same street by that name.
Every year the village explodes with activity as the Gaspee Days celebration comes around. There are a variety of events... art festival, road race, colonial encampment, and of course, the Gaspee Days Parade. Nice family picnic afterwards tops off a wonderful sunny weekend.
Newport would be down the bay at about 12 o'clock in the aerial view. I live at about 3 o'clock .... the falls from the Pawtuxet River would be in the right hand lower corner and if you continued up the bay heading north... you would come into the Port of Providence. Pawtuxet Cove and the village are protected by the peninsula you see sheltering us...known as Pawtuxet Neck .. with homes looking into the cove or out to the Bay.
Pawtuxet is one of the oldest villages in New England and we still live a "village life" here. People recognize one another in the shops, we do things as a community (even tho we are part of two different municipalities) and folks here feel fortunate to have found this place - if they didn't grow up here.
I moved around the country before I realized how special this little place really is. We work to keep it that way. We are aggressive protectors of our environment, our historic buildings, and our way of life. I hope you will get a good "feel" for the place from my presentation here. Come to visit sometime. Don't expect bright lights and exciting blockbuster things to do... but be prepared to be very comfortable and warmly greeted.
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Our homestead pictured in the 1800's...probably following some "modernizations" of the house. We retain many of its original features, but it also exhibits a little bit of each generation who have been here since 1770, when it was built by an original Pawtuxet Ranger.
So THAT is what it means!! :-)
People ask me about my "name" on VT. It comes from the indian word meaning "little falls". We have a Pawtuxet River which empties into Pawtuxet Cove, then into Narragansett Bay and finally the Atlantic Ocean. Our village is known as Pawtuxet Village, but it is not an official entity. We straddle the cities of Warwick and Cranston. The river divides the cities.The sign at the river bank says "PAWTUXET RIVER ONE OF THE BOUNDS OF PROVIDENCE MENTIONED IN THE INDIAN DEED TO ROGER WILLIAMS" Now think about that...a deed. Roger Williams did NOT steal this land. Williams founded the state for religious freedom. He was pretty radical. Many of us still are!
- Pros:A village with a past....
- Cons:No national chain stores...No bright lights...
- In a nutshell:A growing, changing village that stays the same...
The cove on the northern edge of the village is called Stillhouse Cove. So named because the 1700's saw a lot of rum... more travel advice
We are historically a nautical community from the time of the triangular trades and large masted sailing ships. Today... more travel advice
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