North Smithfield

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North Smithfield is a large town in Rhode Island.

Understand[edit]

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North Smithfield is located in Providence County, Rhode Island, United States. It was settled as a farming community in the 17th century and incorporated into its present form in 1871. North Smithfield includes the historic villages of Forestdale, Primrose, Waterford, Branch Village, Union Village, Park Square, and Slatersville. The population was 11,967 at the 2010 census. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 24.7 square miles (64.1 km²), of which, 24.0 square miles (62.3 km²) of it is land and 0.7 square miles (1.8 km²) of it (2.83%) is water. North Smithfield is a 20 minute drive to Providence, the state’s largest city, and an hour’s drive to Boston. North Smithfield is primarily a quiet town, but the amazing views and locations to see inside North Smithfield makes up for the town's smaller size.

North Smithfield is in a New England upland region; both the Branch and Blackstone Rivers provided much of the power for the early mills in the town.

Get in[edit]

Drive: From Providence: Take 146 North: Follow 146 North approximately 15 miles Take Slatersville/Forestdale exit From Massachusetts: Take 146 South: Follow 146 South approximately 26 miles Take Slatersville/Forestdale exit, right onto 146A

Flying: From TF Green International Airport: Exit 8B on I-295 N

Get around[edit]

Though the town of North Smithfield is small in size, there is an abundance of historic houses, sites, landmarks and mills enriched with history to visit. Because the town itself is rather small, all you need to get around is a car, bike, or simply walking. Walking around the town, especially when seeing the mills, can be beautiful. The best time to take a stroll through town is in the fall because of the leaves changing colors and the look of the mills and historical New England architecture surrounding it. Originally settled in the 17th century by British colonists it started out predominately as a farming community. Located along the Blackstone River, mills were later built along the river.

The RIPTA is a statewide bus that can also get you around the town and various locations near it. The RIPTA drives through mostly everywhere in the State of Rhode Island. From Providence to North Smithfield a bus ride costs $2.00 one way. In North Smithfield there are a number of bus stops that can take you where you want to go.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Slatersville Congregational Church - Built in the early 1800's this historic white colonial church features an old piano, organ and the original pews and balcony. The church is open for viewing Monday - Friday from 9 am - 12 pm and worship is open to all on Sundays from 10-11 with a coffee hour following the service. The service is open to all religions and all people.
  • The Indian Burial Grounds - On the corner of Black Plain & Greenville Rd, these Historic Indian Burial Grounds are located deep in the woods. There is a trail that has been made by passerby's and is generally maintained, but it is not guaranteed. Throughout the trail you will be able to see what looks to be piles of rock (where Native American bodies lie) as well as caves and tunnels. If you are lucky, you may even be able to spot an arrowhead or two!
The Rustic Drive-In, on Route 146, is a must-see for any tourist.
  • Bryant University - Route 7 [1]. Though Bryant University is located in Smithfield, it is right on the North Smithfield line. This University features Division 1 sports teams whose nickname is the Bulldogs. Many people come from all over to watch the Football team as well as Men's and Women's basketball. There is generally an admission fee of about $5-7. The sports schedule can be found at the University's online website.
  • Slatersville Mill, 10 Railroad St, Slatersville, RI 02876, (401) 762-0505, [2]. Slaterville is America’s first industrial village and emphasizes the quite neighborhoods of a New England village. During the Fall season, people of all ages can appreciate the beauty and history of New England life during the 1800’s. There is no charge to see the mill, however the inside has been remodeled for apartment suites which one can rent out for around $1000 a month.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Rustic Tri-View Drive-In [3] - Route 146, . Apr-Sep. Rustic Drive-In is an authentic 1950’s drive in and the last one standing in the state of Rhode Island. It includes 3 screens and a full concession stand. Rustic is open April through September and includes movies that are currently in theaters as well as occasional classic films. Cost is by carload and each screen shows 2 first-run movies each night with a brief intermission.
  • Slatersville Reservoir - Located in Slatersville (North Smithfield) Accessible off of Providence Pike. On this body of water people are allowed to fish, and boat (However for electric boat owners, make sure you have a fishing and boating license if you plan on doing either)
  • Pacheco Park, Main Street, Slatersville (It is located across the street from the North Smithfield Public Library and next to the Town Hall in the heart of Slatersville.). This park is open to the public year round, each day from dawn to dusk. In the park are multiple baseball fields, basketball courts, tennis courts, and a skate park that the public can use for free unless there is some type of event such as a recreational baseball game already taking place. Although the skate park is not the best it still provides an area for casual skateboarders to skate but make sure to bring a helmet, as the police have been known to throw people without them out of the park. Pacheco Park is also home to Scouter's Hall, where Cub Scout Pack 7 and Boy Scout Troop 1139 hold meetings.  edit
  • Homestead Gardens, 200 Industrial Drive, North Smithfield, RI, 401-765-5700. This area is open to the public year round and offers a nice little get away for someone looking for peace and quiet. In the winter around Christmas time there is always a trail with Christmas lights set up that the public is welcome to walk down. In the summertime the ice cream shop, Killer Kones, is open and the pond in the center of the area is open for catch and release fishing.  edit
  • North Smithfield Public Library, 20 Main Street, Slatersville, RI, 401-767-2782, [4]. Mon, Wed, Thurs: 10am to 8pm, Tues, Fri, Sat: 10am to 5pm. If you are looking for a quiet place to relax then this library is the place for you. Even though it is located in the middle of Slatersville it is almost never crowded and has a collection of over 50,000 volumes.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Goodwin Brother's Farm Stand - Greenville Rd. This farm stand has been a part of North Smithfield tradition and history for decades and has attracted people from all over the state. This farm stand was just recently rebuilt into a beautiful timber frame. There is a wide variety of fruits and vegetables available for purchase! All fruit and vegetable are organic and fresh! Goodwins is right across from North Smithfield High School on Providence Pike.
  • Wright's Dairy Farm - 200 Woonsocket Hill Rd. Another farm; yet this time selling to die for pastries, cakes, and any other item you could imagine to make your mouth water! These delicious treats are moderately priced and freshly baked daily! Fresh, organic skim, whole, chocolate and coffee milk are also available for purchase! Cakes can also be custom made for any celebration!! Not to be confused with Wright's Farm Restaurant.
  • Primrose Valley Gardens, 1184 Providence Pike, North Smithfield, RI, 1-866-994-7273, [5]. Mon-Fri: 10am to 7pm, Sat and Sun: 10am to 6pm. This flower shop is open year round and offers a vast array of flowers as well as gardening equipment to purchase. Buy local!  edit
  • Country Clutter Primitives, 645 Great Rd, 401-762-2979, [6]. Mon & Tues: Closed, Wed-Fri: 10am-6pm, Sat: 10am to 5pm, Sun: 12pm to 5pm. If you are looking for a decorative souvenir, then Country Clutter Primitives can provide this for you! The store features items that can be displayed inside and outside of your home. Come to this store for all your primitive needs!  edit
  • Dowling Village, [7]. An up and coming shopping outlet. Although it is not yet a place to go for all your shopping needs, it soon will be. Current stores and restaurants include Wal-Mart, Lowe's, PetSmart, Aspen Dental, Taco Bell, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Texas Roadhouse with future stores/restaurants on the way.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Beef Barn, 1 Greenville Rd, 401-762-9880, [8]. Mon-Sat: 11am to 10pm, Sun: 12pm to 10pm. If you're looking for a "quick eat" without the fast-food quality then this is the place for you. The name might not be the most appealing to you but the food is fairly decent. The menu consists of shakes, sodas, burgers, sandwiches, soups and pies for desserts. This tiny restaurant is low in price and the service is fast. A second location will be opening soon at 160 Pulaski Blvd. Food here is also available for take out if you call ahead of time. Good to go to after having breakfast at...  edit
  • Coffee & Cream, 1 Greenville Rd, 401-762-4352. A breakfast nook located right next to the Beef Barn. You might think the two places are related, and you'd be right; they share a similar logo and are owned by a married couple. Again, this is a quick eat with an array of crepes and pancakes on the menu as well as eggs (cooked to your preference), muffins, cereals, and anything else you could imagine for breakfast. The prices are very low,and the service is friendly and fast.  edit
  • Bob & Timmy's Grilled Pizza, 621 Pound Hill Rd, North Smithfield, RI 02896, (401) 768-3490. Sunday-Thursday: 11am-10pm, Friday & Saturday: 11am- 11pm. This is a local, casual restaurant serving Italian-American food such as pizza, pasta, and sandwiches. They also offer patio dining, and can seat large groups.  edit
  • Denny's, 44 Dowling Village Blvd, North Smithfield, RI 02896, (401) 356-1109. open 24 hours. Despite the occasional slip up regarding your order, this Denny's location is always a dependable place to eat. Their prices are incredibly cheap, as you get get two full sized pancakes for only two dollars. Although they are incredibly crowded on weekend mornings, sometimes with up to an hour wait, their service is usually relatively fast and friendly, even at 2 o'clock in the morning.  edit
  • Gator's Pub, Corner of Main St and Victory Highway, 401-769-2220, [9]. 11am to 1am. This restaurant is also a bar and features an outdoor seating area during the summer months. The food ranges from pizza to sandwiches, steaks to fish. There is a wide range of beer on tap at the sports bar. This restaurant has a tendency to be very crowded on Fridays, yet the service is also very quick and the food is moderately priced. The majority of its clientele are elderly, but that should be no hindrance to an enjoyable dining experience. Gators also has 2 regulation volleyball courts and volleyball leagues on almost everyday of the week.  edit
  • Lumberjack's Pizza, 1402 Victory Highway, 401-769-7437, [10]. Sun-Thurs: 11am to 10pm, Fri & Sat: 11am to 11pm. This little pizza shop is located in the same building as Gator's Pub. They are best known for their pizza and wieners but they also offer a wide variety of sandwiches, salads, appetizers, and calzones. Their wieners are $1.25 a piece, sandwiches start at $4.99, salads at $3.99, and calzones from $5.99.  edit
  • Quik Stop Deli, 11 N Main St, 401-765-3227. Famous for their subs, Quik Stop Deli is a staple of every local's diet. It is located right next to Pacheco Park and the Town Hall. They serve breakfast and lunch as well as deli meats sold by their weight.  edit
  • The Village Haven, 90 School St, Forestdale, RI, 401-762-4242, [11]. Wed & Thurs: 4pm to 8:30pm, Fri & Sat: 4pm to 9pm, Sun: 12pm to 8pm. A restaurant known for its chicken family style dinners, a northern Rhode island tradition, with other foods such as steak and seafood. 3 large dining rooms with a waterford room located downstairs for large parties such as weddings and anniversaries.  edit
  • Café 900, 900 Victory Hwy, 401-767-2444, [12]. Mon & Tues: 4pm to 9:30pm, Wed & Thurs: 11:30am to 9:30pm, Fri & amp; Sat: 11:30am to 11:30pm, Sun: 12pm to 9pm. Recently opened in 2015, Café 900 offers pub-style food with a few twists like a Chicken and Waffles sandwich and a ‘Pickled Wrapped Pastrami’ appetizer. The décor highlights classic RI landmarks like the Rustic Drive-In. Prices range from $9 to $13.  edit
  • Lindy’s Tavern, 82 School St, 401-356-1966. Located right next to The Village Haven, this small but comfortable restaurant offers Pub Food and a Full Bar.  edit
  • Early Riser Breakfast, 175 Eddie Dowling Hwy, 401-309-7255. 7am to 2pm. Classic Homestyle breakfasts from French Toast to Steak and Eggs to Eggs Benedict. Located across the street from CVS and in the same plaza as Lower Level.  edit
  • Yama Fuji, 900 Victory Hwy, 401-597-0885, [13]. Housed in the former Blockbuster Video outlet, Yama Fuji serves Asian/Oriental cuisine including Hibachi Dinners, the most high priced entrees on the menu as much as $32. All other menu items are priced around $1 to $15.  edit
  • Gusto Pizzeria & Spaghetteria, 7 N Main St, 401-765-7777, [14]. Tue-Sun: 11am to 10pm. Replaced Hercules Pizza in 2013. An Italian Style Pizzeria that offers a similar menu to Hercules with Pizza, Calzones, and Grinders. Pizzas come in two sizes; 12” Medium and 16” Large.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Lower Level, 175 Eddie Dowling Hwy North Smithfield, RI 02896, (401) 769-7900. This bar is on the quieter side where you can go enjoy a drink and shoot some pool. This bar has excellent food for all around 10 dollars.  edit
  • Buffalo Wild Wings, 51 Dowling Village Blvd. North Smithfield, RI, 401-765-2806. 11:00am-1:00am. Buffalo Wild Wings serves as a meca for sports. This bar has over 50 televisions with different sports and game splaying at once. Buffalo Wild Wings is also famous for their wings, with over 25 different flavors and combinations. This bar is a chain restaurant known all over the country.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Wayfarer Inn & Suites, 355 George Washington Hwy, Phone: +1 401-232-2400.
  • Hampton Inn & Suites - Smithfield (Smithfield, RI Hotel), 945 Douglas Pike Smithfield, Rhode Island 02917, [15].  edit
  • Hilltop Inn, 1010 Douglas Pike (Located right off of Route 146), 1 866 270 5110. checkin: 3:00pm; checkout: 11:00am. This Inn is a perfect location to see everything in the town. It includes free breakfast and Wi-Fi as well as air conditioning for the hot summer months. around $129.00 but you can find deals on various websites and the rates change.  edit

Get out[edit]

Driving: To get out of North Smithfield by car, you can take either Route 146 south towards providence, or Route 146 North towards Boston. There are 3 places that you can merge onto this highway in North Smithfield

Flying: IF you are flying out of TF Green Airport, you must take I-295 South towards warwick and take exit 10A which will bring you right into TF Green Airport.

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