Richmond, Rhode Island

Richmond, Rhode Island
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Bell School
Richmond Historical Society
Location of Richmond in Washington County, Rhode Island
Location of Richmond in Washington County, Rhode Island
Coordinates: 41°30′N 71°40′W / 41°30′N 71°40′W / 41.500; -71.667UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
02812 (Carolina), 02832 (Hope Valley), 02836 (Kenyon), 02875 (Shannock), 02892 (West Kingston), 02894 (Wood River Junction), 02898 (Wyoming)
Area code(s)401
FIPS code44-61160[1]
GNIS feature ID1220089[2]
Websitehttp://www.richmondri.com

Richmond is a town in Washington County, Rhode Island. The population was 7,708 at the 2010 census. It contains the villages of Alton, Arcadia, Barberville, Carolina, Hillsdale, Hope Valley, Kenyon, Shannock, Tug Hollow, Usquepaug, Wood River Junction, Woodville, and Wyoming.[3] Students in Richmond are part of the Chariho Regional School District.

History

The town of Richmond was originally part of the territory of Westerly, Rhode Island (1669 to 1747), which remained in dispute for several years among the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, Connecticut Colony, and Massachusetts Bay Colony. In 1665, King Charles II dissolved the charters of those three colonies and renamed the disputed area "King’s County". In May 1669, the General Assembly of Rhode Island organized King’s County into the town of Westerly, and the town of Westerly organized itself into four separate areas: Westerly, Charlestown, Richmond, and Hopkinton.

On April 19, 1873, there was a bridge washout in the village of Richmond Switch, which today is known as Wood River Junction. A passenger train approached, unaware of the bridge washout, and ran off the tracks and into the water. Eleven people died; others were swept down stream and were unaccounted for.

The Washington County Fair is the largest fair in the state and has been held in Richmond since 1970.[4]