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Rhode Island

Newport County





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Newport County was constituted on June 22, 1703, as one of the two original counties of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. As originally established, Newport County consisted of four towns: Portsmouth, Newport, Jamestown, and New Shoreham.   Newport is the County seat.  In 1746-47, two towns, Little Compton and Tiverton, were acquired from Massachusetts. In 1856, the town of Fall River was split off from Tiverton but was ceded to Massachusetts six years later in 1862 as part of the settlement of the boundary dispute between Rhode Island and Massachusetts. In 1963, the town of New Shoreham was transferred to Washington County. County government was abolished in Rhode Island in 1842 and today remains only for the purpose of delineating judicial administrative boundaries.



On Line Data

Villiages, Cities and Towns


Beavertail (a village of Jamestown)
Cedar Point (a village of Jamestown)
Conanicut (a village of Jamestown)
Dutch Island (a village of Jamestown)
Freebody Hill (a village of Jamestown)
Little Compton
Adamsville (a village of Little Compton)
Briggs Point (a village of Little Compton)
Sakonnet (a village of Little Compton)
Tunipus (a village of Little Compton)
Easton Point (a village of Middletown)
Sachuest (a village of Middletown)
Newport East (a village of Middletown)
Castle Hill (a village of Newport)
Coasters Harbor (a village of Newport)
Coddington Point (a village of Newport)
Fort Adams (a village of Newport)
Forty Steps (a village of Newport)
Goat Island (a village of Newport)
Ochre Point (a village of Newport)
Rose Island (a village of Newport)
Tonomy Hill (a village of Newport)
Bristol Ferry (a village of Portsmouth)
Cedar Island (a village of Portsmouth)
Common Fence Point (a village of Portsmouth)
Corey Lane (a village of Portsmouth)
Despair Island (a village of Portsmouth)
Dyer Island (a village of Portsmouth)
Gould Island (a village of Portsmouth)
Hog Island (a village of Portsmouth)
Homestead (a village of Portsmouth)
Hope Island (a village of Portsmouth)
Hummocks (a village of Portsmouth)
Island Park (a village of Portsmouth)
Melville (a village of Portsmouth)
Patience (a village of Portsmouth)
Prudence (a village of Portsmouth)
Quaker Hill (a village of Portsmouth)
Bridgeport (a village of Tiverton)
Eagleville (a village of Tiverton)
Fogland Point (a village of Tiverton)
Grayville (a village of Tiverton)
Nannaquaket (a village of Tiverton)
North Tiverton (a village of Tiverton)
Tiverton Four Corners (a village of Tiverton)




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Adjacent Counties
Bristol County , Rhode Island - north
Bristol County, Massachusetts - east

Washington County , Rhode Island - west



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