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Richmond (Rhode Island)

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Richmond (Rhode Island)

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Richmond is a town in Washington County, Rhode Island, 35 miles south-southwest of Providence. It is bordered to the north by the town of Exeter, to the west by the Wood River and to the south by the Pawcatuck River.


Richmond was incorporated as a town by the General Assembly of Rhode Island on August 18, 1747. The name of the town is said to derive from that of Edward Richmond, the state's colonial attorney general from 1677 to 1680. Tradition holds that the first settlers of Richmond were a married couple, John Babcock and Mary Lawson, whose son James was the first non-Native American child born in Narragansett territory. (The story is likely a later invention.)

Richmond's economy was based on textile manufacturing from the mid-1800s through the 1960s. Today the town serves mainly as a bedroom community for commuters working in Providence, Warwick and eastern Connecticut.

Get in[edit]

By Car[edit]

There are several routes that pass through Richmond.

  • Interstate 95: Whether going north or south, you'll want to take Exit 3A/3B. 3A will take you onto the Wyoming strip and eventually through Hope Valley, whereas 3B will head the opposite way, past Job Lot and Stop & Shop, and into Richmond proper.
  • Route 3: Heading north on route 3 coming from Connecticut or Westerly will bring you through Hope Valley, and into Wyoming, whereas coming south from the West Greenwich / Exeter area will bring you to an intersection, where going left will take you to Wyoming and right will take you to Hope Valley.
  • Route 138: Also a viable path into Richmond, Route 138 runs directly through the main commercial strip. Heading south from South Kingstown will take you through Richmond, and into Wyoming, and is a perfect path into Richmond for beachgoers coming from Narragansett.
  • Route 112: It is also possible to reach Richmond, if coming from Charlestown, or Route 1, heading north on 112. This will take you to the Richmond Town Hall, and meets Route 138 at the same intersection.

By Train[edit]

There is an Amtrak located in downtown Westerly, near Route 3. From here, if you choose not to rent a vehicle, see the Bus travel section for instructions on bus routes into Richmond. Otherwise, there are two options to make the short 15 minute drive into Richmond. Take Route 3 north through Hopkinton, and either continue for 10 miles into Richmond, or hop on Exit 1, and follow the car instructions. The highway is quicker, but Route 3 is a scenic drive though historic and rural Hopkinton, which has a small town center, and will appeal to sightseers.

By Bus[edit]

There are a few lines that run from Westerly to Richmond, the 95 Westerly Park-n-Ride line and the 301 Westerly-Hope Valley Rural line. Both of these lines stop at the Park-n-Ride in 138, across from McDonald's and in the plaza of Wildwood Liquors. Unfortunately, travel from northern RI is hampered by the lack of bus support. For more information about bus routes, visit RIPTA.

By Plane[edit]

TF Green Airport (Theodore Francis Green State Airport) is in Warwick (despite tickets often saying Providence). From here, you'll want to grab a rental car, and head south on 95 and follow the car instructions.

Get around[edit]

Richmond is sibling to the nearby town of Hopkinton, and the small commercial area blends between Hope Valley (Hopkinton) and Wyoming (Richmond). Still geographically quite large, Richmond comprises several villages: Arcadia, Alton, Kenyon, Shannock, Usquepaug, Woodville and Wyoming. As such, visiting Richmond will require a motor vehicle, though the main strip can be walked in an hour. It is also part of the Chariho (Charleston, Richmond, Hopkinton) area, and all three towns are intrinsically linked.

When navigating in Richmond, remember that Main St (the main Wyoming strip) is the same as Kingstown Rd, and is also 138, turning into Route 3 at the intersection at the end of the strip. Route 3, whose north end continues into Exeter, is also called Main St in Hope Valley, and continues south into Westerly.

Easy places to get to from Richmond, RI:

University Of Rhode Island [30]: Head north on Route 138 past Stop & Shop, and then bear left at the fork across from the Richmond Elementary School, and a short 20 minute drive will take you directly to URI, and the greater Wakefield/South Kingstown Area.

Hopkinton: If desiring to visit old Hopkinton, or visit the nearby Whispering Pines Campground, just head south on 138, and at the end of the Wyoming strip, you will be in downtown Hope Valley. To get to the campground, take a left at the Fire Department onto Spring St, or continue straight into historical Hopkinton.

Westerly: Either head south on 138 until it merges with Route 3 at the end of the strip, or hop on 95 South. From here, get off at Route 1 and either continue straight through Ashaway into downtown Westerly, or take Route 91 into uptown Westerly.

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Much of Richmond is still untouched by development. Indeed, Richmond is one of the last few enclaves that perpetuate the simple pleasures of Rhode Island.

The local DEM is very active, and keeps the local wildlife and woodlands in good shape. As a result, there are many ponds and rivers where the nature enthusiast can enjoy fishing or kayaking. There are many hiking paths and trails through the hills of Richmond, and nearby Whispering Pines Campground in Hopkinton provides a useful staging grounds for the intrepid woodsman. Crawly Preserve, a nature retreat, is located in Richmond. The North-South Trail runs through Richmond, with marked trails. It is a hike that can be as long or as short as you desire.

Arcadia Management Area is a nice place for bike rides, hikes, walking dogs, kayaking, hunting, and fishing. The small rivers and ponds throughout the area are stocked with trout every spring. Arcadia consists of 14,000 acres with cleared trails and a few different large ponds, the largest being Break Heart Pond. It is an undeniably beautiful area and a perfect retreat for outdoorsy people.

Carolina Management Area is also a nice place to enjoy the outdoors. It consists of 2,359 acres of public property. The main access is located on the left hand side heading west on Pine Hill Road. It can be most easily accessed from Rt 112, which is the main road that goes through the tiny hamlet of Carolina. This area has cut trails as well as a portion of the North-South trail going through the management area. Recreational activities include hiking, bird watching, hunting and fishing during the legal seasons (details can be obtained from the RI DEM website), horse back riding, and cross country skiing in the winter. (Camping is not permitted in any season, however.) RI 91 runs along the back side of the Management Area, with several unmarked accesses. There are fields, swamplands, and stands of pine that you can hike through.

Nearby Charlestown is also a wonderful area to camp in.

Do[edit][add listing]

The Town Hall Website is up-to-date on the latest events and goings-on in town.

If you like to golf there are a number of fine courses nearby, including: Beaver River Golf Course, Richmond Country Club, Fenner Hill Golf Club, Pinehurt Golf Course and Wood River Golf Club.

During the month of August, Richmond holds the annual and much anticipated Washington County Fair. For a week many gather to listen to live music, ride rides, play carnival games, buy and sell unique goods and merchandise, take place in 4H competitions, and watch truck pulls. The Washington County Fair is Richmond's biggest event, followed by the lively Farmers' Market in front of the town hall, and attracts visitors from all over the state and surrounding area. The traffic to and from routinely shuts down travel in the area for its duration.

With an abundance of rivers and streams, there are also plenty of good fishing spots in and around town. Supplies can be bought at the local bait and tackle shop in Hope Valley, a mile or so down Route 138 from the Town Hall.

  • Washington County Fair, 78 Richmond Townhouse Road, 401-539-7042, [1]. During month of August, fair comes to town, along with a small carnival, 4-h shows, all sorts of farm animals, tractor and horse pulls, and all the good ole fair food you can eat  edit
  • YMCA, 1190 Main Street, 401-539-2306, [2]. Work out, day care, community center  edit
  • Clark Memorial Library, 7 Pine Hurst Drive, 401-364-6100, [3].  edit
  • Anytime Fitness, 22 Kingstown Road, 401-491-9900, [4].  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

There are a number of useful shops and service businesses in Richmond.

  • Stop and Shop, 3 Stilson Road, 401-539-0088, [5].  edit
  • Meadow Brook Farms, 93 Kingstown Road, 401-539-3000.  edit
  • Family Dollar, 1190 Main Street, 401-539-9083, [6].  edit
  • Ocean State Job Lot, 12 Stilson Road, 401-539-0220, [7].  edit
  • Stage Coach House, 1136 Main Street, 401-539-9600, [8]. A small collection of stores, along with a small bed and breakfast type hotel.  edit
  • Wood River Animal Hospital, 28 Kingstown Road, 401-539-1199, [9]. M,W,TH,F-9-6, TU-9-8, Sat 9-12.  edit
  • Wyoming Package Store, 1199 Main Street, 401-539-7252, [10]. Full Service Liquor Store  edit
  • Wildwood Liquors, 5 Kingstown Rd, 401-491-9903, [11]. Full Service Liquor Store  edit
  • Mobil, 1214 Main Street, [12]. Self Service Gas Station  edit
  • Cumberland Farms, 1175 Main Street, 401-539-0107, [13]. 24 hour. Self Service Gas Station, with convenience store  edit
  • CVS, 1187 Main Street, 401-539-4000, [14]. Full Service Pharmacy, with convenience store  edit
  • Rite Aid, 21 Kingstown Road, 401-539-6001, [15]. Full Service Pharmacy, with convenience store  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

Richmond's culinary scene features many of the usual suspects, with a smattering of local spice.

  • Dunkin Donuts, 26 Kingstown Road, 401-539-0610, [16].  edit
  • Dunkin Donuts, 418 Kingstown Road, 401-783-0003, [17]. Donuts, coffee, muffins, assorted pastries, other fast-food breakfasts and sandwiches  edit
  • Wendy's, 1 Stilson Road, 401-539-0630, [18].  edit
  • McDonalds, 14 Kingstown Road, 401-539-1115, [19]. Fast Food  edit
  • Subway, 1109 Main Street, Unit 302, 401-539-8488, [20]. Sandwich shop  edit
  • Dragon Palace, 1210 Main Street, 401-539-1112, [21]. Located behind the Mobil, this Japanese/Chinese fusion chain features a full bar, and a wide selection of sushi and Chinese food at a modest price.  edit
  • Bali Village, 1172 Main Street, 401-539-9060, [22]. Next to the Richmond Police Department, Bali Village is the premier Chinese restaurant in the area, with a full bar and varied selection of traditional Chinese food.  edit
  • Kingston Pizza, 54 Town House Road, 401-539-7776, [23]. Part of the greater Kingston Pizza chain, this hole-in-the-wall pizza joint located in the small Kingston Plaza on Route 112 features a broad selection of specialty pizza, grinders and salads. Famous in the local area for their unique varieties, they offer eat-in and delivery service throughout the Charlestown/Richmond area.  edit
  • Town Pizza II, 18 Kingstown Rd, 401-539-0005, [24]. A nice dine-in Italian/Greek pizza restaurant -- don't let Town Pizza II's small location fool you. Featuring over 20 different specialty pizzas, dozens of brews on tap, grinders, salads, Town Pizza II even boasts a full-scale restaurant and patio. They also offer delivery service within a 10 mile radius, and online ordering on their website.  edit
  • Del's Lemonade, 410 Kingstown Rd, [25]. A Rhode Island favorite, this frozen lemonade shop has several varieties, and is a great way to cool down in the summer months. Only open in warm months.  edit
  • K&S Pizza, 469 Carolina Back Road, 401-364-0040, [26]. K&S Pizza is located at the intersection of Rt 91 and Rt112 in Carolina center, with a palpable hole-in-the-wall appeal. Small, but with a great selection, K&S is a great choice for travelers in the area, but also offers delivery service to the Charlestown/Richmond area.  edit
  • Boucher's Wood River Inn, 1139 Main Street, 401-539-9800, [27]. A historic part of the Hope Valley area, Wood River serves Italian and American pub style food, with a variety of soups, salads, and main entrees to choose from, and features an upstairs lounge and bar with live music. A bit tricky to find at first, this location is accessed by taking a right in the intersection of Route 3 and 138. This spot has one of the most charming atmospheres for places to eat in the area; Wood River Inn is located in a 19th century building, giving it a warm and inviting look. You can typically hear live blue grass and folk music here on Sunday nights while you eat. Reasonable.  edit
  • Lickety Splits, 39 Kingstown Rd, 401-539-9047, [28]. 11am-11pm Sun-Sat. Lickety Splits is the ice cream shop in Richmond. With a multitude of flavors and types of ice cream, this ice cream shop becomes a popular hangout for locals and travelers alike when open March-October.  edit
  • Higher Grounds Cafe, 39 Kingstown Rd, 401-539-2529, [29]. 6am-2pm Sun-Fri 7am-12pm Sat. A popular local coffee, one of the few in the Richmond area, this cozy little cafe offers a selection of tea and coffee, as well as lattés, cappuccinos and chai, as well as standard breakfast fare. A great choice to start the day.  edit
  • Billy Hill's Roadhouse, 1219 Main St, 401-321-2811. Recently closed for renovations, this once-restaurant made local headlines with their sudden decision to shut down and begin renovations to add a cigar lounge and bar. Slated for reopening in the summer, this BBQ-style bar and restaurant offers standard restaurant fare, with a country music atmosphere and log-cabin interior. Family-friendly and a frequent local watering hole, it offers great food at a reasonable price.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Stagecoach House B&B, 1136 Main Street, Wyoming, Phone: +1 401-539-9600 or 888-814-9600, [31]. Bed and breakfast accommodations on the site of a frontier stage coach stop. With a beautiful view overlooking the Wood River, built in the Victorian-style, and offering free WiFi, air conditioning, fireplaces and jacuzzis in each room, all at an affordable price, a stay at the Stagecoach Inn is one of the finest parts of staying in Richmond.
  • Whispering Pines Camp Ground [32] Located near in nearby Hopkinton, this spacious and pet-friendly camp site caters to both long and short term visitors at reasonable rates, and features a host of modern amenities, including on-site showers, laundry, and camp store, as well as a variety of recreational areas, including full basketball and volleyball courts and a swimming pool. Quiet, tucked away in the woods near the Hopkinton/Richmond border, it offers quick access to both Connecticut and southern Rhode Island.

Get out[edit]

Following RI 138 East leads to the University of Rhode Island. You can also take a right on 138 at the Richmond Town Hall onto RI 112, bringing you south into Charlestown.

If you take RI 138 West, the intersection at the end of the Wyoming strip, merges into Route 3, which leads to Hopkinton (south), or Exeter / West Greenwich (north).

You can also take US 95 North (to Providence) or 95 South (to Westerly/Connecticut).

Routes through Richmond
New HavenHopkinton  S noframe N  West GreenwichProvidence
GriswoldHopkinton  W noframe E  South KingstownNewport

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