Richmond is a rural town in Washington County, Rhode Island with over 7,600 residents. Incorporated as its own town in 1747, Richmond is 60% uninhabited woodlands and known for its rich history in the textile industry.
In the early days, the residents of Richmond made a living through farming and eventually from textile mills in the 19th century. With several villages in town, Richmond had many mills that produced not only textiles but iron, leather, boots and shoes and items for the home. The mills in the villages of Kenyon and Alton still exist today.
In 2013, Richmond was voted by a GoLocalProv poll as the 8th best community in Rhode Island. The Washington County Fair was also voted on the website as the most popular attraction in the town. The Fair is the largest agricultural event in the state and has been going on every August since 1970. The Fair is five days long and has a host of oldstyle entertainments that residents and visitors can enjoy.
Residents of Richmond enjoy the peace and quiet but also the easy access to highways. Many homes in Richmond are in wooded areas or have many acres of land. Real estate in Richmond is diverse from farmhouses to luxurious singlefamily Colonials. Although singlefamily homes are the most popular, there are multifamily homes for sale as well as condominiums and townhouses.
Richmond is a rural area; about 60 percent is undeveloped woodland. The open, green spaces are ideal for great golf, and attract visitors all year round.
Golfers can take advantage of the warm spring and fall days to tee off at one of Richmond's many courses. Fair-goers enjoy picturesque surroundings of the beautiful countryside at most any time of year, but especially at the height of growing season. The annual Washington County Fair allows visitors to experience the prodigious agricultural harvest of the South County area, as well as exciting rides, great food, crafts and performances by popular country artists. With 2,375 acres of pristine forest, swamp and wetland, the Carolina Wildlife Management Area guarantees miles of trails for adventurous exploring. Kayaking excursions are ideal along the winding Wood River, one of the last great, untouched rivers in Rhode Island. Points of interest in Richmond include Arcadia State Park and the state-operated Fish Cultural Station where the primary species such as Northern Pike and Atlantic Shad have been introduced to New England waters.
It’s made up of the villages of: Alton, Arcadia, Carolina, Elmhurst, Hillsdale, Kenyon, Shannock, Usequepaug, Wood River Junction, Woodville, and Wyoming.
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