Island state bird is the domestic chicken named "Rhode Island
Island state flower is the violet which is shared with the states of
Illinois, New Jersey and Wisconsin.
Fourth of July Parade in the country, called Bristol Fourth of July
Celebration and founded in 1785, is still held
annually in Bristol, Rhode Island.
is the smallest state in size in the United States. It covers an area of
1,214 square miles. Its distances North to South are 48 miles and East to
West 37 miles.
was the last of the original thirteen colonies to become a
shares a state water border with New York
Tower in Central Falls was the site of an Indian observation point in use
during King Phillips War in 1676. The tower was built in 1904 as part of
the last will and testament of Caroline Cogswell.
never ratified the 18th Amendment prohibition.
Baker imposed the first jail sentence for speeding in an automobile on
August 28, 1904 in Newport.
played for the first time in the United States in 1876 near
was home to the first National Lawn Tennis Championship in
Rhode Island's oldest Roman Catholic parish was founded in 1828. The
church is best known as the site of the wedding of Jacqueline Bouvier to
John Fitzgerald Kennedy in 1953.
The state was
home to the first open golf tournament. The event occurred in
has no county government. It is divided into 39 municipalities each having
its own form of local government.
Horse Carousel is the nationís oldest carousel. It is located in the
resort town of Watch Hill.
circus in the United States was in Newport in 1774.
Ann and Hope
was the first discount department store in the United States the property
was opened in Rhode Island.
is home to the Tennis Hall of Fame.
official state name is Rhode Island and Providence
Cohan was born in Providence in 1878. He wrote, "I'm a Yankee Doodle
Dandy," "You're a Grand Old Flag," and a wide variety of other musical
is known for making silverware and fine jewelry.
largest bug is on the roof of New England Pest Control in Providence. It's
a big blue termite, 58 feet long and 928 times actual termite
At the Point
Judith corrosion test site material samples sit exposed for years and are
analyzed to determine the toll taken by ocean air and the sun.
Islanders were the first to take military action against England by
sinking one of her ships in the Narragansett Bay located between Newport
and Providence. The English ship was called "The Gaspee".
Williams, founder of Rhode Island, established the first practical working
model of Democracy after he was banished from Plymouth, Massachusetts
because of his "extreme views" concerning freedom of speech and
Jefferson and John Adams publicly acknowledged Roger Williams, as the
originator of the concepts and principles reflected in The First
Amendment. Among those principles were freedom of religion, freedom of
speech, and freedom of public assembly.
The era know
as The Industrial Revolution started in Rhode Island with the development
and construction in 1790 of Samuel Slater's water-powered cotton mill in
British troops sent from England to squash the revolution landed in
in command to George Washington, Nathaniel Greene, a Rhode Islander, is
acknowledged by many historians as having been the most capable and
significant General of the Revolutionary effort. Cornwallis feared Greene
and his forces most. Greene ultimately defeated Cornwallis.
feet tall and 278 feet above ground the Independent Man is a gold-covered,
bronze statue placed atop the State House on December 18,
of the original Liberty Bell is in the entrance hall on the south entrance
to the State House. It was donated to the people of the state by the
United States Treasury Department in 1950, when Harry S. Truman was
president. It is about 3-1/2 feet tall and the diameter of the bell at its
widest part is approximately 3-1/2 feet. It is such a realistic copy that
is even has a crack similar to the original Liberty Bell.
Compton is home to the gravesite of the first girl born to colonists in
New England. The baby was the daughter of pilgrims John and Priscilla
a reputation of being Rhode Islandís Retail Capital.
Built in 1880
Channing Memorial Church was named for William Ellery Channing, a leader
in the Unitarian Church and the abolitionist movement. Julia Ward Howe,
author of the "Battle Hymn of the Republic", attended this
Horse Tavern was built in 1673 and is the oldest operating tavern in the
Red Monument in Adamsville pays homage to the world-famous poultry
founder Roger Williams established the First Baptist Church in America in
1638. The existing structure was built in 1775
1642 Pawtuxet Village in Warwick lays claim to being New Englandís oldest
Library and Athenaeum in Newport is the United States' oldest library
Park Carousel in East Providence is the official state symbol of folk
oldest Masonic Temple in Warren was built in the 18th century with timbers
from British frigates sunk in Newport Harbor during the Revolutionary
Misery monument in Cumberland is the oldest known monument to veterans in
the United States. It was erected in memory of the colonists killed in
Pierce's Fight during King Phillips War in 1676.
home to the oldest schoolhouse in the United States. The school was built
Bristol has the longest running, unbroken series of 4th of July
Independence Day observances in the country.
Synagogue is the oldest synagogue in North America. Built in 1763 the
synagogue houses the oldest torah in North America.
Covered Bridge in Foster is the only remaining covered bridge in Rhode
Afro-American regiment to fight for America made a gallant stand against
the British in the Battle of Rhode Island.
torpedo boat "Stiletto" was built in Bristol in 1887.
in Newport was the first street in the country to use gas-illuminated
is the official state rock. It is dark brown or black with white markings
and found on both sides of Narragansett Bay but not north of
hut was invented at Quonset Point a key naval reserve base.
is the state's highest point at 812 feet above sea level.