Woonsocket is Rhode Island’s sixth largest city and located in Providence County. The city is known for being one of the country’s largest textile manufacturing centers of the 19th century.
Woonsocket was originally formed from six mill villages in 1888 and many of the original mills still stand to this day. The heart of Woonsocket is its Main Street, which today is lined with many commercial buildings, as well as several mills dating back to the early 19th century.
Woonsocket is very proud of its rich history and culture, which is preserved within museums throughout the city. One of the most popular historical attractions is the Museum of Work and Culture which is managed by the Rhode Island Historical Society and run by volunteers. The museum itself is located in a 1915 textile mill which allows guests to explore and appreciate the local history.
Known as the Historic District, the North End of Woonsocket offers residential areas with homes dating back to the 19th century. Popular architectural styles in this area include Tudor Revival, Queen Anne Victorian and Colonial Revival. Most of the historical real estate in the city is in good condition and still preserve their historical charm. Woonsocket also has homes for sale in more contemporary styles such as Ranch and Colonial.
Woonsocket is one of the most heavily French-Canadian cities in New England. Historically, the city has been called, “La ville la plus française aux États-Unis” (The most French city in America). In the spirit of the French, a joie de vivre pervades the Woonsocket area with its many attractions and pastimes.
The North End of Woonsocket has a great number of historic homes that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Museum of Work and Culture while specific to this area of Rhode Island, tells a much more universal tale of working together to build the American Dream. One great way to appreciate the past while enjoying current entertainment is Woonsocket’s Stadium Theatre. Built in the 1920’s, the Stadium Theater possesses the grandeur of an antique movie house while providing world-class performances and regional acts. One of the town’s annual highlights is October’s Autumnfest which provides seasonal entertainment appropriate for all ages, including rides, consumer showcases, a beer garden, food, art, and more.
Woonsocket is made up of the villages of Fairmount, Globe, Hamlet, and Social.