West Greenwich

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Incorporated in 1741, West Greenwich is the least densely populated and the most heavily forested municipality in Rhode Island. Bountiful timber and streams provided raw materials and power for mills and farms. In West Greenwich, photographs of beautifully rugged landscapes, with people working and enjoying the land, show the spirit of the community. This spirit continues today, with residents' efforts to preserve the town's rural character while transforming into a modern community. Brushes with fame include a World War II flying ace, visits from President Eisenhower and the King of Nepal, a connection to the death of King Charles I, and a James Gang hanging. West Greenwich presents the entwined histories of people and their land, in the historical context of a remote village moving into the 21st century.
ISBN: 9780738575995
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Rhode Island
Series: Images of America
Images: 210
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Kathleen A. Swann, PhD, is a descendant of West Greenwich's early settlers and grew up exploring its woods on her family's tree farm. She gathered images from the extensive West Greenwich Historical Society archives housed at Louttit Library and from local families' collections. Kevin A. Breene is the West Greenwich town administrator and a dairy farmer. He was a six-term Rhode Island senator and served as president of the West Greenwich Town Council for 12 years.
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