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Middletown, founded in 1743, is one of Rhode Island's earliest settlements. Rich in history and natural beauty, its glacial soil has been farmed for at least 1,000 years. The farmers of Middletown were hardworking men and women who were interested in art, culture, and politics. Also passionate about horses, they produced the first American horse breed, the Narragansett Pacer. Although farming is no longer a major occupation, a farming renaissance is under way, generated by organic and local foods movements. Over the years, the Navy has become the largest employer on the island, having established facilities there during World War II. The scenic beauty of Middletown has caused a large section of it to be called "Paradise." This unique region, inspiration to generations of artists, has played an important part in the history of American art.
ISBN: 9780738592480
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Rhode Island
Series: Images of America
Images: 220
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Christine Haverington, a Middletown resident, received a doctorate in English literature from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and has published books and articles on a variety of topics. The Middletown and Newport Historical Societies, the Naval War College Museum, and numerous other organizations and individuals have generously shared their records and knowledge of this unique town.
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