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Scituate (Rhode Island)

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Scituate [1]is a town in Providence County, Rhode Island.

Understand[edit]

Scituate 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]

  • 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[edit]

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  • 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]

Parks and Recreation[edit]

The front and sign at Esek Hopkins Field.

All parks [2]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.
  • Esek Hopkins Field Danielson Pike. Located across the street from the RI State Police Museum (311 Danielson Pike, for those using GPS), Esek Hopkins Field offers a lot of wide-open space for walking, picnics, or other recreation. There is also a children’s park with multiple climbing and play equipment, as well as a youth baseball field.
  • 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.
  • North Scituate Public Library 606 W. Greenville Rd. (401) 647-5133 - Located in the center of North Scituate, the library is currently the only public space in Scituate with free public Wi-Fi. Community events are seasonally held in the community meeting room, such as an art gallery as well as local musicians’ concerts. Throughout the year many workshops are held, covering a range of topics from reading and writing to life in general. They also host computer classes and movie nights. There is a large section devoted to children’s books, and many children’s programs are held, such “Story Hour”. During the summer, a children’s reading program is hosted by the library.
  • Rhode Island State Police Museum 311 Danielson Pike. Opened in May 2006, this non-profit organization is dedicated to preserving the history of the Rhode Island State Police (R.I.S.P.). Visitors are able to learn about the R.I.S.P. through historical pictures, documents, artifacts, and specialized exhibits.
  • 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.

Events[edit]

  • 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]

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.

  • Al’s Auto Service 650 Hartford Pike. (401) 934-2234. This small-business mechanic shop specializes in typical automotive services such as oil changes, body work, and tire changes/rotation. While it may not have the same outward pizazz as that of a large auto dealership, Al’s gets a lot of repeat business. They also have a small staff, meaning unlike large dealerships, you can get to know the person who will be working on your car, truck, or SUV.
  • Barden Family Orchard 56 Elmdale Road. (401) 934-1413. [4] Apple, peach and berry picking. Freshly picked sweet corn, and other fruits and vegetables grown on the farm. Apple cider beginning mid-September.
  • Bittersweet & Ivy 171 Danielson Pike. (401) 647-2900. This souvenir and gift shop has many high quality products, from typical gift items to seasonal goods. They stock seasonal décor for holidays – like at Easter, when the focus of their items are rabbits, eggs, and other Easter basket items. They also carry typical souvenir shop items like soaps, pens, decorative napkins, baked items, and candles.
  • Charmed & Dangerous 169 Danielson Pike. (401) 764-0612. Owned by the same folks that own Charming Treasures, this boutique has a wide selection of clothing lines, jewelry, pocket books, and more. Open year-round, all items are brand-new and vendor-supplied.
  • Charming Treasures 178 Danielson Pike. (401)764 5123. 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. (401) 647-4200. A small shop that specializes in woman’s dresses, including wedding and prom dresses.
  • Family Dollar 104 Danielson Pike. (401) 647-1437. Don’t let the name fool you – this isn’t a dollar store. However, the prices throughout Family Dollar are pretty good and on par with what you’ll find in other convenience and grocery stores. This general store provides a variety items for sale: canned/boxed food, frozen/refrigerated food, a selection of drinks (milk, juice, soda, water, etc.), small electronics (DVD players, headphones, etc.), household items (kitchenware, storage containers, etc.), pharmaceuticals, and much more. The parking lot in front is much bigger than it needs to be, so you’ll never be wanting for a parking spot.
  • Gifts & Things LLC 32 Chopmist Hill Rd. (401) 710-7233. This place has a lot nice little knickknacks and other various items.
  • Glitz 134 Danielson Pike. (401) 647-2322. Glitz is a tiny store with all kinds of trinkets, clothing, handbags, etc. Before entering, you will see a variety of items just outside the shop. As you enter and walk up the stairs, more items are hung up for you to view. If the door at the top looks closed, simply knock for service!
  • Jack’s Barbershop 181 Danielson Pike. (401) 647-7295. Located just down the street from the Scituate Post Office, Jack’s Barbershop offers walk-in haircuts 5-days a week. The inside has a very old-style, Italian American feel to it, which is fitting since the owner is Italian American. The pricing is pretty good, but if you’re looking for more than just a standard haircut, this place isn’t for you.
  • Mia's Gift Shop 118 Danielson Pike Gently used clothing and housewares for low, low bargain prices.
  • Recovered Relics 84 Hartford Pike. (401) 764-5117. Located next to Village Tavern, Recovered Relics is a small antique store specializing in all kinds of quality old furniture and décor. They also sell small trinkets, jewelry, and artwork. There is a real vintage-feel to the items they sell, and the prices are about what you would expect for antiques.
  • Scituate Nursery Garden Center 767 Hartford Ave. (401) 934-0581. Offering a variety of gardening supplies, Scituate Nursery specializes in plants, flowers, shrubs, trees, annual plants, fertilizers, soils, etc. Every fall, they host their own Pumpkin Picking and Pick-Your-Own Apple Orchard events, and also have a variety of vegetables available for sale. They even have a landscaping/construction service, with options including block walls, paving, and typical garden landscaping services. Though they are closed from just after Christmas until just before Easter, they also have firewood for sale for those cold pre-winter nights.
  • Shine Salon & Boutique 177 Danielson Pike. (401) 764-5920. The front of the store houses a variety of new, designer dresses and clothing items. Towards the back is the salon section with numerous individual stations where you can get a variety of work done. This includes haircuts for women, men, and children, wash/blow-dry/style, hair coloring and highlighting, manicures and pedicures, waxing, and other beautifying treatments. You’re better off calling for an appointment, but you can also stop in if they have space and time available.
  • Steve’s Mobile Service 368 Danielson Pike. (401) 647-3925. Located just off Danielson Pike, Steve’s is very accessible with a large parking lot. Think of this place like a mechanic shop for just about anything: snow blowers, tractors, lawn mowers, etc. This small/local business is reasonably priced, and sells old and new parts for engines, tractors, etc.
  • The Country Gardener 617 West Greenville Rd. (401) 647-2208. [5] This is a quaint little flower/plant shop, open year round with the exception of a few weeks every January. Sold here are a variety of flowers and plants, with emphasis on specialties during holidays (such as roses and bouquets for Valentine’s Day, etc.). The store looks a little run down from the outside, but inside there is a greenhouse feel to the building, and the glass windows on all sides lets you know that they specialize in having a wide variety of flowers and plants for sale.
  • The Country Mutt 143B Danielson Pike. (401) 764-5955. The Country Mutt is a grooming, day care, and ‘boarding’ shop, aimed at providing a safe, social, and family-style alternative to typical boarding kennels. Grooming services include all the typical processes you would expect, but with individualized care and attention. They also have select cat grooming services. The day care program facilitates both indoor and outdoor play, special village walks, feeding, and even naptimes. The overnight boarding program allows you to keep your dog there overnight and during the day – perfect for those either visiting Scituate and staying in an animal-free hotel or going out of town and needing a safe haven for your pups. The dog-to-staff ratio is only 6-to-1, so you’ll want to book well in advance.
  • Trinity Thrift Shop 36E Danielson Pike. (401) 647-2322. This place is exactly what you'd expect from a thrift store. Clothing (men's, women's, and children's), home decor, bed/bath/kitchen houseware, etc. Prices are average for a thrift store, and they're always getting new (read: 'new' used) stock in.

Eat[edit]

  • China Garden, 37 Village Plaza Way, (401) 949-9888 Situated next to Brigido’s IGA, China Garden is a small restaurant serving a variety of Chinese food such as Chow Mein, Pad Thai, and Meat Dishes. They are known for their General Tso’s Chicken, as they use white meat chicken instead of dark meat like other Chinese restaurants. They have a small area with tables for dining-in, but most of their business comes from take-out orders. Their lunch menu (11:00am to 3:00pm Monday through Saturday) is slightly cheaper than the evening menu, although it is more limited in choice. As with any restaurant, you’re more likely to experience faster service during weekdays, as they can get pretty busy on weekend evenings.
  • Cindy's Diner, 46 Hartford Ave, (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, (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.
  • Country Chowder Shack, 659 Hartford Pike, (401) 934-2044 ‎ This side-of-the-road, take-away food shack, located along Hartford Pike, offers seafood dishes like clam cakes, fried clams, and fish & chips. The prices are decent, and their business is pretty steady.
  • Cuozzo's Pizza & Restaurant, 27 Village Plaza Way, (401) 934-3040. Located in the Scituate Village Shopping Center, Cuozzo’s Casa de Pizza offers a wide range of pizza, calzones, subs & sandwiches, and other appetizers/side dishes. Popular dishes include their Eggplant White Pizza and their Fish & Chips (Fridays only). As with most restaurants, they are busier on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings. Cuozzo’s does deliver, but there are two stipulations: they only deliver within six miles of the restaurant with a $2.00 charge, and there is a $10.00 minimum order. Allow 45 minutes to an hour for delivery.
  • Dunkin' Donuts, 1199 Chopmist Hill Road. (401) 647-2613 New England is famous for having a Dunkin' Donuts shop in every town, village and city, and Scituate, RI. is no exception. This drink-based restaurant serves hot drinks like coffee, tea, and chocolate, frozen coffee and fruit beverages, sandwiches, bagels, and of course, doughnuts. There are plenty of seats for dining-in, but you can also order for take-out both in-store and at the drive-thru.
  • Famous Pizza, 92 Hartford Pike, (401) 934-0278. Located on the corner of the four-way junction, Famous Pizza offers pizza, grinders, pasta, salad, and other side dishes. There is a decent amount of dining space for eating in, but a majority of their business comes from take-out orders. They also have a “Take & Bake Pizza” offer, where they will put a pizza together for you and place it in an oven-safe tray so that you can cook it when you’d like.
  • Granite Farm Restaurant, 50 Danielson Pike, (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!
  • IGA Brigidos, Scituate Village Shopping Center, (401) 934-2283. Located in the Scituate Village Shopping Center, IGA Brigidos is a medium-sized grocery store with the following departments: florist, bakery, deli, meat, seafood, dry goods, refrigerated goods, and frozen goods. Most items are reasonably priced for a grocery store, and there is a decent selection in each department considering its size.

Drink[edit]

  • Bishop Hill Tavern 2868 Hartford Ave. (401) 934-0097. Located just over the Scituate/Johnston border, this bar is relatively small but still manages to have a great atmosphere. The music can get pretty loud, but there's always a place to sit and the drinks are reasonably priced.
  • Scituate Liquor Shoppe 30 Hartford Pike. (401) 934-1880 In the mood for an alcoholic beverage but don’t feel like going to a bar? Scituate Liquor Shoppe sells a wide variety of beers, ciders, wines, and hard liquor. They also stock non-alcoholic drinks, such as water, single-serve juice, and soda. Snacks, cigarettes, and lottery tickets are also available.
  • The Village Tavern 92 Hartford Pike. (401) 934-6400. Located right next to Famous Pizza, this bar has a lot going on. They have live music every week, a small food menu, and of course, alcoholic beverages. The atmosphere is friendly, and there's plenty of seating. It does get pretty busy on most evenings, but there's usually plenty of space to sit or stand inside. During the warmer seasons, there's even a beer garden for those wishing to relax outside.

Sleep[edit]

  • Golden Gate Motel 50 Hartford Ave. (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. (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.

Contact[edit]

All town department phone numbers can be found on the town website: [6]

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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