Richmond, Washington County
Richmond is a small town in Washington County, with a population of under 8,000.
A Brief History
Richmond was in an area originally named Narragansett County or Little Narragansett, after the indigenous people who lived there. Following a dispute between Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts, the King dissolved all charters and made the area Kings County, and the town became known as Westerly.
Richmond divided into two, becoming Richmond and Charlestown in 1747 and was incorporated as a town by the General Assembly of Rhode Island the same year.
The town is named after Edward Richmond, the state’s Colonial Attorney General from 1677 to 1680.
Richmond was the site of a train crash in which 11 people died, following the collapse of a bridge in 1873.
The Charlestown Fish Pond, a hidden treasure, is buried in the woods but still attracts up to 100 visitors at the start of every season.
Crawly Preserve, a nature retreat, is located in Richmond.
The North-South Trail runs through Richmond, with marked trails.
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.
Washington County Fair. Held during the month of August in Richmond. For a week many gather to listen to music, watch racing lawnmowers, and to play carnival games. It’s Richmond’s biggest event, followed by the lively Farmers’ Market in front of the Town Hall.
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 Route 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, horse riding, and cross country skiing in the winter. (Camping is not permitted in any season, however.)
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.
Last updated 12/04/2015
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