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Smith's Castle was painted red when we visited in the 1970s. Going by the website, it is now white.

Wickford is a historic seaside village founded in the mid 1600s, with the densest concentration of original late Revolutionary and Federal period houses anywhere in New England. Boaters and sailors find Wickford an ideal stop on a cruise through New England waters. The community was named after village in England

Wickford is in Washington County, in the Providence-New Bedford metro area. The community is in the Eastern Standard time zone.

The latitude of Wickford is 41.573N. The longitude is -71.461W.

Wickford is on Narragansett Bay.

Wickford's most famous native in recent times is John Updike. People think that Wickford is where his popular novel, "The Witches of Eastwick" was set. (The movie was not made in Wickford.)

It was also the boyhood home of Gilbert Stuart, whose portrait of George Washington graces the $1 bill.

One of the big events in Wickford is The Wickford Art Festival which is held on the first full weekend after Independence Day.

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  • ForestqueenNYC's Profile Photo
    Aug 4, 2005 at 5:17 PM

    When I was a teen, I lived near Wickford. What a charming town it was then and I am sure it still is. Rhode Island is my favorite state.

  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
    May 29, 2005 at 4:33 AM

    Smith's Castle is a lovely spot. I'd like to get back there for some of their period demonstrations of open fire cooking and such.


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