Waterford, Rhode Island
Waterford was developed in 1824 by Welcome Farnum, a Yankee entrepreneur, who purchased land, built a dam on the Branch River, and constructed the first textile mill called Red Mill. He named the village Waterford because many of the Irish workers in his mill came from Waterford, Ireland. The last mills in the area was constructed mid-nineteenth century. Waterford is home to several St. Paul's Church, originally serving a largely Irish population, and its adjacent school, and many businesses.
- Walter Nebiker, The History of North Smithfield (Somersworth, NH: New England History Press, 1976).
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