Founded by Samuel Gorton in 1642, Warwick has witnessed the major events of American history. Warwick was decimated during King Philip’s War (1675-76) and was the site of the first shot fired of the American Revolution against the British schooner Gaspee. Warwick is also the home of revolutionary war General Nathaniel Greene, George Washington’s second in command, and the Civil War hero of the battle of Gettysburg, General George Sears Greene.
Whether it is Warwick’s rich military, nautical, or industrial history, historians can find a treasure-trove of information within our heritage.
THE WALKING TOUR OF HISTORIC PAWTUXET VILLAGE
The historic Village of Pawtuxet is unique in many ways. First, it is the oldest village in New England and is one of the very few villages that span two communities - the Cities of Warwick and Cranston. Founded in 1638, it is the site of the 1772 burning of the HMS Gaspee - the first armed conflict of the American Revolution. Click the book cover to learn how to step into Pawtuxet Village's colorful past.
An informative booklet, The Walking Tour of Historic Apponaug Village, published in 1998, is available at no cost from the Department of Tourism, Culture, and Development in City Hall. This book features over 30 historic structures in Apponaug Village, and for those who enjoy walking, helps to reveal the beauty and history that is Apponaug. CLICK HERE for free copy of booklet.
FAMOUS WARWICK CITIZENS:
NELSON ALDRICH, former U.S. Senator
BILL ALMON, Major League baseball player
JOHN H. CHAFEE, former U.S. Senator
GEORGE CHAMPLIN, Philanthropist
SARA DECOSTA, Olympic women’s ice hockey goalie
THEODORE FRANCIS GREENE, former U.S. Senator
GEORGE SEARS GREENE, Civil War General
NATHANIEL GREENE, Revolutionary War General
MAXWELL MAYS, Painter
DR. CHARLES ROUND, JR. Amateur Golf Champion
CHRIS TERRERI, NHL hockey player
JAMES WOODS, Actor
FACTS ABOUT WARWICK
Warwick was founded by Samuel Gorton and eleven of his followers when the men purchased 107 square miles of land from Miantonomi, chief sachem of the Narragansett Indian tribe. Gorton had arrived from London in 1636.
Name: Warwick’s name came from that of the second earl of Warwick in England, Robert Rich. When Samuel Gorton wanted the Massachusetts Bay Colony to stop its encroachments against him and his followers, Gorton traveled to England to plead his case to Rich, who had been named ‘Governor in Chief and Lord High Admiral of the English Plantations in America.’ Rich ruled in Gorton’s favor, and in return, Gorton renamed the town Warwick.
DATE OF INCORPORATION: 1931
TOTAL LAND AREA: 35 SQ. MILES
COASTLINE: 39 MILES
GOLF COURSES: 5
PARKS & PLAYGROUNDS: 50+
STATE PARK: GODDARD MEMORIAL STATE PARK
AIRPORTS: 1 (T.F. GREEN AIRPORT PVD)
HOTELS & MOTELS: 16
HOSPITALS: 1 (KENT HOSPITAL)
FIRE STATIONS: 8
POLICE STATIONS: 1
HIGHEST POINT: SPENCER HILL, 350 FT. ABOVE MEDIAN SEA LEVEL