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Rhode Island

Providence County




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Providence County was constituted on June 22, 1703, as the County of Providence Plantations. It consisted of five towns, namely Providence, was the county seat, Warwick, Westerly, Kingstown, and Greenwich and encompassed territory in present-day Kent and Washington counties. Washington County was split off as King's County in 1729, while Kent County was split off in 1750. The town of Cumberland was acquired from Massachusetts and added to Providence County in 1746-47, and the towns of East Providence and Pawtucket were made part of Providence County when the final border with Massachusetts was settled in 1862. County government in Rhode Island was abolished in 1842. Providence County, like other counties in Rhode Island, has no governmental functions (other than as court administrative and sheriff corrections boundaries which are part of state government)



On Line Data

Cities, Towns, and Villiages

Harrisville (a village of Burrillville)
Pascoag (a village of Burrillville)
Central Falls
Cumberland Hill (a village of Cumberland)
Valley Falls (a village split between Cumberland and Lincoln)
East Providence

Manville (a village of Lincoln)
Albion (a village of Lincoln)

Quinnville (a village of Lincoln)
Lonsdale (a village of Lincoln)
Saylesville (a village of Lincoln)
Lime Rock (a village of Lincoln)

North Providence
North Smithfield
Branch Village (a village of North Smithfield)
Forestdale (a village of North Smithfield)
Primrose (a village of North Smithfield)
Slatersville (a village of North Smithfield)
Union Village (a village of North Smithfield)
Waterford (a village of North Smithfield)
Greenville (a village of Smithfield)


Adjacent Counties
Norfolk County, Massachusetts - northeast
Bristol County, Massachusetts - east

Bristol County , Rhode Island - southeast
Kent County , Rhode Island - south
Windham County , Connecticut - west
Worcester County, Massachusetts - northwest


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