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Washington County



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Washington County was formed in 1781, and the county seat is South Kingstown.

Washington County was in times past, the area was actually bounded for awhile on the west & the south by either the Massachusetts Bay Colony or its territories, but in time these were ceded to Connecticut & Rhode Island, respectively. Officially & legally "Washington County" since the Revolution, the area has accumulated a series of names over the years, including "The Narragansett Country", "The Unclaimed Lands", "The Disputed Lands", "The Pettaquamscutt Purchase", "The King's Province", "The King's County", and colloquially, "South County".  Renamed "King's County" in 1729, the area was earlier styled "The King's Province" under Charles the Second, and had been placed by his commissioners under the care of the Rhode Island Colony "until his further pleasure be known". Earlier still and in his father's time it was known as "The Narragansett Country", and was originally the territory of the Algonquin tribe of Narragansett-Niantics who had pledged their fealty to His Majesty and had sought his protection for it and for themselves.

Cities, Towns, and Villiages


Carolina (a village of Charlestown and Richmond)
Ashaway (a village of Hopkinton)
Hope Valley (a village of Hopkinton)
Galilee (a village of Narragansett)
Narragansett Pier (a village of Narragansett)
New Shoreham (coextensive with Block Island)
North Kingstown
Wickford (a village of North Kingstown)
Saunderstown (a village of North Kingstown)
Carolina (a village of Charlestown and Richmond)
Kenyon (a village of Richmond)
Shannock (a village of Richmond)
Usquepaug (a village of Richmond)
Wyoming (a village of Richmond)
South Kingstown
Kingston (a village of South Kingstown)
Matunuck (a village of South Kingstown)
Peacedale (a village of South Kingstown)
Wakefield (a village of South Kingstown)
Bradford (a village of Westerly)
Watch Hill (a village of Westerly)
White Rock (a village of Westerly)


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Adjacent Counties
Kent County (North)
New London County , Connecticut (West)
Suffolk County, New York (Southwest)

Newport County , Rhode Island (East)
Alantic Ocean (South)



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