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North Smithfield is a city in Rhode Island.
North Smithfield is a town in Providence County, Rhode Island, United States, 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 10,618 at the 2000 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 in a New England upland region. The Branch River and Blackstone Rivers provided much of the power for the early mills in the town.
There are a number of ways to get in and out if North Smithfield. If you are traveling a significant distance, you may want to consider flying into T. F Green (PVD) airport and taking either a taxi or rental car from the airport. If you are relatively close to North Smithfield, driving would be your best bet. Considering the fact that Rhode ISland is so small in size, everything is within short driving distance. There is also a train station located in Providence (downtown) that you may want to keep into consideration.
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. Originally settled in the 17 century by British colonists it started out prodominately as a farming community. Located along the Blackstone River, mills were later built along the river. These mills are still standing today, some of them are open to public tours and others have been turned into luxury living communities or offices. If you are into old, historical New England architecture, then consider checking out the historic Slatersville Congregational Church. Built in the early 1800's this historic white colonial church features an old piano, organ and the original pwes 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 historic Slatersville Public Library may be of another interest to some. This Public library was also built in the 1800's right on the Blackstone river. Behind the library lies an old bridge as well as remnants of old mill engineering devices. If you are into historic school houses, the Forestdale Red School House is also located here. Though this old one room school house is no longer used for educational purposes, it is open to tours.
Rustic Tri-View Drive-In - Route 146, +1 401-769-7601, . Apr-Sep. The Rustic Drive-In is a great alternative to the usual movie theater. Cost is by carload and each screen shows 2 movies each night with a brief intermission.
Bryant University - Route 7 . Though Bryant University is located in Smithfield, it is right on the North Smithfield line. This Univeristy features Division 1 sports teams. 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!
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 bodies of Indians lie) as well as caves and tunnels. If you are lucky you may even be able to spot an arrowhead or two!
Slatersville Reservoir - Located in Slatersville (North Smithfield) Accessible off of Providence Pike. On this body of water people are allowed to fish, and boat (electric boats. However, make sure you have a fishing and boating license if you plan on doing either!
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!
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!!
Beef Barn 1 Greenville Rd. If you're looking for a "quick eat" without fast food quality this would be 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! Food here is also available for take out if you call ahead of time.
Coffee & Cream 1 Greenville Rd. Coffee and Cream is a Breakfast nook located right next to Beef Barn. 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!
Gator's Pub Corner of Main St and Victory Highway. This restaurant is also a bar and features an outdoor, sand volleyball court. 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.
Hercules Pizza 9 North Main Street. Looking for a Pizza place? Well Hercules Pizza would be ideal. This Greek inspired pizza parlor is generally a take out atmosphere, yet if you so choose you may eat in as well. There are two pizza sizes, small and large and you can order virtually any topping and prices range from $6-12. Grinders are also available for order as well as greek salad!