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Scituate (Rhode Island)

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Scituate is a town in Providence County, Rhode Island.

Scituate [1] was founded in 1710 by emigrants from Massachusetts. Scituate was considered to be a part of Providence until 1731. Encompassing 52 square miles, Scituate is bounded by Glocester to the north, Johnston and Cranston to the east, Coventry to the south, and Foster to the west. The Scituate Reservoir supplies drinking water to over 60% of the state's population. Scituate offers suburban conveniences and proximity to Providence, and a tranquil, rural environment of unspoiled forests and pristine streams and ponds. Low taxes, an excellent school system, and location ,makes Scituate a desirable place to live in Rhode Island.

Get in[edit]

By Car[edit]

  • Route 6 is the easiest way to get to North Scituate. It is accessible via I-95 and I-295, the two major highways in Rhode Island. Traveling from the east, this will take you west through North Scituate and into Foster.
  • Route 14 (Plainfield Pike) provides access to Hope and areas of North Scituate. This is accessible via I-295, traveling through Cranston.
  • Route 116 runs north-south through Scituate, providing access to North Scituate from the north and Hope from the south.

Get around[edit]

Driving is the easiest way to get around Scituate's rural roads. Main roads are paved, but there are some areas which have notoriously bad potholes, as well as a few dirt roads. During the summer, it is common to see motorcycles and bicyclists riding around the beautiful scenery of Scituate. RIPTA bus 90 serves Scituate, but public transportation is very limited.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Scituate Reservoir

It is the largest body of water in Rhode Island, covering roughly 5.3 miles. It supplies 60% of the states drinking water. When it was created it flooded the old town of Scituate as well as Kent, Richmond and Ashland. Surrounding the reservoirs 66 miles of shoreline are acres and acres of protected land, which allows for beautiful views and much wildlife.

  • Gainer Memorial Dam

Built in 1926, it spans 976 meters and is 55 meters tall. It was built to create the Scituate reservoir, blocking the Pawtuxet River.

National Historic Places and Notable Sites in Scituate[edit]


  • Andrews-Luther Farm
  • Dexter Arnold Farmstead
  • Battey-Barden House
  • Clayville Historic District
  • Amos Cooke House
  • Hope Mill
  • Double L Site
  • Hope Village Historic District
  • McGonagle Site
  • Millrace Site
  • Moswansicut Pond Site
  • Old Congregational Church
  • Smithville Seminary
  • Smithville
  • Woonasquatucket River Site

Do[edit][add listing]

1. Parks and Recreation [2] All parks are for public use. Many of them are used for team sports as well. The parks are open from 7:00 am to 10:00 PM, 7 days a week, unless otherwise posted.

  • Berkander Field - Institute Lane. Located just walking distance from the heart of Scituate Village across from North Scituate Elementary School, it features four tennis courts, a basketball court, a baseball field, and volleyball courts. All of the venues are lighted during summer months. Nearby is a gazebo which is host to local events such as concerts and car shows.
  • Dean Andrews Memorial Field - Battey Meeting House Road. Features a baseball field, playground, and sledding during the winter months.
  • Gorham Field - Route 101. Features a softball field, baseball field, basketball courts, two tennis courts, and a playground
  • Hope Memorial Field - Clinton Avenue. Located near Hope village, it features two baseball fields, two tennis courts, a softball field, a basketball court, and a playground.
  • Hope Pond Recreational Area, Route 116. Features a teen center, tennis court, and swimming area.
  • Walking Trail, - Rockland Road. Approximately one mile in length through Scituate's scenic wooded areas.
  • Westconnaug Meadows - Washington Highway. Features a baseball field and soccer field.

2. Events

  • Scituate Art Festival [3] Held every year during Columbus Day weekend (early October), the festival features hundreds of arts and crafts dealers, various other vendors, musical entertainment, raffles, and food and refreshments. It is the largest event for the town of Scituate, bringing in thousands of people. The art festival is held in the center of North Scituate, closing down West Greenville Road up until it crosses Rt. 101. Parking is very limited, most often you can find a spot on the side of Rt. 116, Rt. 101 or Rt.6. For those passing through, it is better that you avoid the center of town entirely unless you are attending the festival.
  • Old Home Days An array of family events, such as teddy bear judging and a dunking pool, taking place every July 4 at Tourtellot Memorial Common.

Buy[edit][add listing]

In 2008 Scituate underwent a major restoration project to many of the local shops and roads in the center of town. The new updates included the restoration of many town houses, now used as small shops, as well as new sidewalks and freshly paved roads through the center of town. These updates have brought new businesses into Scituate and made the shopping experience more enjoyable.

  • Charming Treasures

178 Danielson Pike North Scituate,RI (401)764 5123 Hours: M, W, F, Sat, Sun 10-5 T,TH 10-8

A unique country gift shop, located right in the middle of Scituate town. Charming treasures open in 2009, in a recently updated Scituate Public Market two story historical building with everything you would need for a gift store. The type of merchandise varies from apparel, and candles to home furnishing, jewelry, and wedding gifts. Charming Treasures can even entertain your party or group of friends.

  • Call Me Sweetheart

179 Danielson Pike, North Scituate, RI 02857 (401) 647-4200

A small shop that specializes in woman’s dresses, including wedding and prom dresses.

  • Trinity Thrift Shop,

36e Danielson Pike, North Scituate, RI 02857

  • Glitz

134 Danielson Pike, North Scituate, RI 02857 (401)-647-2322

  • Mia's Gift Shop

118 Danielson Pike, North Scituate, RI 02857

Gently used clothing and housewares for low, low bargain prices.

  • The Country Gardener

617 W Greenville Rd, North Scituate, RI 02857 (401)-647-2208

Retail florist and garden center

  • Bittersweet & Ivy LLC

180 Danielson Pike, North Scituate, RI (401) 647-2900

  • Gifts & Things LLC

32 Chopmist Hill Rd, North Scituate, RI 02857 (401) 710-7233

This place has a lot nice little knickknacks and other various items.

  • Barden Family Orchard, 56 Elmdale Road (north on Route 116 from Route 101, second left on Pole Bridge road go to end take a right onto Elmdale Road), 401-934-1413, [4]. late July-Thanksgiving 9am-6pm. Apple, peach and berry picking. Freshly picked sweet corn, and other fruits and vegetables grown on the farm. Apple cider beginning mid Septmeber.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Cindy's Diner, 46 Hartford Ave, +1 401" 934-2449

Cindy's Diner is believed to have one of the best tasting breakfasts of all time by the people of Scituate Rhode Island. The diner is known for its large delicious pancakes and French toast . The diner has the much loved old school diner atmosphere very friendly waiters and waitresses. Cindy's diner is a nice family dinner. The waiters are very friendly and the food is great.

  • Corner Bistro, 1115 Hartford Pike, +1 401" 764-0860.

Corner Bistro is a family run restaurant that serves Classic Regional Italian Cuisine. Corner Bistro features chef specials nightly, and has a large selection of traditional Italian Cuisine.. All entrees are served with potato and vegetable or pasta and a soup of choice or salad. It also has a full wine list and a full bar.

  • Cuozzo's Pizza & Restaurant, 27 Village Plaza Way, +1 401" 934-3040.

At Cuozzo's t you will get a lot of bang for your buck. The portions are large at a competitive price. The subs are really good as well as their white pizza.

  • Famous Creamery, 92 Hartford Pike, +1 401" 934-3900.

Good food but some menu items can be a bit to pricey

  • Famous Pizza, 92 Hartford Pike, +1 401" 934-0278.

Good food but some menu items can be a bit to pricey

  • Granite Farm Restaurant, 50 Danielson Pike, +1 401" 647-7774.

This restaurant has it all from seafood to burgers to steak. The staff is excellent and the service is even better . Rush hours mean waiting just a little longer but the food is worth the few extra minutes. There's never a rush to get you out even during peak hours. Good food, great value and pricing that would make anyone happy!

  • Village Bean, 138 Danielson Pike, +1 401" 647-9000.

If you ever go to the "Bean" you will have a hard time deciding what is better the the staff or the great tasking food.

  • Country Chowder Shack, 659 Hartford Pike, +1(401) 934-2044 ‎

This place is an old fasioned summer stands that offers ,quick seafood treats like clam cakes, fried clams, fish & chips. The food is amazing but the service could be better.

  • Mc Donald's, 49 Hartford Avenue , +1(401) 934-1230‎
  • Dunkin' Donuts, 1199 Chopmist Hill Road , +1(401) 647-2613

It has clean bathrooms.

  • China Garden, 37 Village Plaza Way, North Scituate, RI 02857, (401) 949-9888.  edit

The Country Chowder Shack, a summer favorite located at 659 Hartford Pike

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Bentleys Tavern, 92 Hartford Pike, +1 401" 934-6400.
  • Bishop Hill Tavern, 2868 Hartford Ave, +1 401" 934-0097.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Golden Gate Motel, 50 Hartford Ave, +1 401" 934-9831.

The best way to go if you need a place to stay and have barely any cash. The Motels customer service could be better but, they also may need to get a exterminator for some of the rooms.

  • Sky View Motor Inn, 2880 Hartford Ave, +1 401" 934-1188.

Probably on of the nicest place to stay on its part of RI. The rooms are very clean and affordable and it also has a separate large jacuzzi room for its guests.


All town department phone numbers can be found on the town website:[5]

Get out[edit]

With its great scenery and small town living, it is a great place to get out and take walks or bike rides though the town and around the Scituate reservoir, taking in the clean air, and beautiful nature views of nice trees and beautiful flowers.

Routes through Scituate
Hartford ← East Hartford ←  W noframe E  → Johnston → Providence

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