Rhode Island - Fast Facts & Trivia

Shoreline in Newport, Rhode Island

  • Although Nathaniel Greene, a Rhode Islander, heads George Washington, he is considered by many historians to be the most capable and significant general in the revolutionary effort. Cornwallis feared Greene and his forces the most. Greene finally defeated Cornwallis.

  • The Independent Man is a gold-plated bronze statue, which was erected on December 18, 1899 at the State House and 11 feet high and 278 feet high above the ground.

  • A reproduction of the original Liberty Bell is in the entrance hall at the south entrance of the State House. It was donated to the people of the state in 1950 by the United States Treasury Department when Harry S. Truman was president. It is about 3-1 / 2 feet tall and the diameter of the bell at its widest part is about 3-1 / 2 feet. It's such a realistic copy that even has a crack similar to the original Liberty Bell.

  • In Little Compton is the burial place of the first girl born to colonists in New England. The baby was the daughter of pilgrims John and Priscilla Alden.

  • Warwick is reputedly the retail capital of Rhode Island.

  • Built in 1880, the Channing Memorial Church was named after William Ellery Channing, a leader of the Unitarian Church and the abolitionist movement. Julia Ward Howe, author of the Battle Hymn of the Republic, visited this church.

  • The White Horse Tavern was built in 1673 and is the oldest tavern in the United States.

  • The Rhode Island Red Monument in Adamsville pays tribute to world-famous poultry farming.

  • Rhode Island founder Roger Williams founded the first Baptist church in America in 1638. The existing structure was built in 1775

  • Founded in 1642, the village of Pawtuxet in Warwick claims to be New England's oldest village.

  • The Redwood Library and the Athenaeum in Newport are the oldest library building in the United States.

  • The Crescent Park Carousel in East Providence is the official national symbol of folk art.

  • New England's oldest masonic temple in Warren was built in the 18th century with boards of British frigates sunk in the Port of Newport during the Revolutionary War.

  • Nine Men's Misery Monument in Cumberland is the oldest known veterans monument in the United States. It was built in memory of the colonists who were killed in Pierce's fight during the Phillips War in 1676.

  • Portsmouth is the oldest school in the United States. The school was built in 1716.

  • Since 1785, Bristol has had the longest, uninterrupted series of independence celebrations of July 4 in the country.

  • The Touro Synagogue is the oldest synagogue in North America. The synagogue was built in 1763 and houses the oldest Torah in North America.

  • Swamp Meadow Covered Bridge at Foster is the only covered bridge in Rhode Island.

  • The first African-American regiment to fight for America competed against the British at the Battle of Rhode Island.

  • The first torpedo boat "Stiletto" was built in 1887 in Bristol.

  • Newport's Pelham Street was the first street in the country to use gas for street lighting.

  • Cumberlandit is the official state skirt. It is dark brown or black with white markings and is found on either side of Narragansett Bay, but not north of Cumberland.

  • The Quonset Hut was invented at Quonset Point, an important marine reserve base.

  • Jerimoth Hill is the highest point of the state at 812 feet above sea level.

  • Rhode Island is the smallest state in the United States. It covers an area of ​​1,214 square miles. The distances from north to south are 48 miles and from east to west 37 miles.

  • Rhode Island was the last of the original thirteen colonies that became a state.

  • Rhode Island shares a state water border with New York.

  • The Cogswell Tower in Central Falls was the site of an Indian observatory used in 1676 during the King Phillips War. The tower was built in 1904 as part of the final will of Caroline Cogswell.

  • Rhode Island has never ratified the 18th Amendment Ban.

  • Judge Darius Baker imposed on 28 August 1904 in Newport, the first prison sentence for speeding in a car.

  • Polo was first played in 1876 in the United States near Newport.

  • Rhode Island was home to the first National Lawn Tennis Championship in 1899.

  • St. Mary's, Rhode Island's oldest Roman Catholic parish, was founded in 1828. The church is best known as the wedding venue of Jacqueline Bouvier with John Fitzgerald Kennedy in 1953.

  • The state was the home of the first open golf tournament. The event occurred in 1895.

  • Rhode Island has no district government. It is divided into 39 municipalities, each of which has its own form of local administration.

  • The Flying Horse Carousel is the nation's oldest carousel. It is located in the resort of Watch Hill.

  • The first circus in the United States was in Newport in 1774.

  • Ann and Hope was the first discount department store in the United States the property was opened in Rhode Island.

  • Rhode Island is home to the Tennis Hall of Fame.

  • Rhode Island's official name is Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.

  • George M. Cohan was born in Providence in 1878. He wrote, "I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy," "You're a Grand Old Flag," and a wide selection of other musical entertainment.

  • Rhode Island is known for producing silverware and fine jewelry.

  • The largest beetle in the world is on the roof of the New England Pest Control in Providence. It is a large blue termite, 58 feet long and 928 times the actual termite size.

  • At the Point Judith corrosion test site, material samples are exposed for years and analyzed to determine exposure to sea air and sun.

  • Rhode Islanders were the first to take military action against England by sinking one of their ships in Narragansett Bay between Newport and Providence. The English ship was called "The Gaspee".

  • Roger Williams, founder of Rhode Island, established the first practical working model of democracy after being banned from Plymouth, Massachusetts for his "extreme views" on freedom of speech and religion.

  • Thomas Jefferson and John Adams have publicly recognized Roger Williams as the originator of the concepts and principles contained in the First Amendment. These principles included freedom of religion, freedom of speech and freedom of assembly.

  • The era, known as the Industrial Revolution, began in Rhode Island with the development and construction in 1790 of Samuel Slater's cotton-water factory in Pawtucket.

  • The first British troops sent from England to crush the revolution landed in Newport.
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