Wyoming, Rhode Island

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Wyoming Village Historic District
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Wood River Inn
Wyoming, Rhode Island is located in Rhode Island
Wyoming, Rhode Island
Location Roughly bounded by RI 138, RI 3, Old Nooseneck Hill Rd., Bridge and Prospect Sts., Richmond, Rhode Island
Coordinates 41°30′57″N 71°42′12″W / 41.51583°N 71.70333°W / 41.51583; -71.70333Coordinates: 41°30′57″N 71°42′12″W / 41.51583°N 71.70333°W / 41.51583; -71.70333
Architectural style Greek Revival, Late Victorian, Federal
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 74000014[1]
Added to NRHP May 2, 1974

Wyoming is a village and census-designated place[2] on the Wood River in southern Rhode Island, primarily in the town of Richmond, but extending north across the river (which defines the town line) into the town of Hopkinton.[3] It is the site of the Wyoming Village Historic District and a post office location, assigned zip code 02898.

History[edit]

The village was first settled in 1757[4] and was the site of industrial activity early in its history due to the ready availability of water power from the river. Brand’s Iron Works already existed on the Hopkinton side of the river as of 1787. A textile mill known as Brothers Cotton Mill was established on the Richmond side of Wyoming in 1814. A stagecoach road, the New London Turnpike (now the Hopkinton and Richmond Turnpike), was built through the area in the following year.[3][5] Also in 1815 a tavern was established on the Richmond side of the river to serve travelers on the turnpike. Two more textile mills were built on the Richmond, circa 1830 and 1845; they were later destroyed by fire.[3][6]

In 1970, Interstate 95 was constructed a short distance east of Wyoming, with an exit close to the village. Proximity of the highway has led to commercial and residential development in and near the village.[4]

Historic district[edit]

The Wyoming Village Historic District is a historic district roughly bounded by Rhode Island Routes 138 and 3, Old Nooseneck Hill Road, Bridge and Prospect Streets in Richmond. The district, which includes Brand's Ironworks, includes examples of Greek Revival, Late Victorian, and Federal architecture and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.[1] Prospect Street on the Hopkinton side of the river is a residential neighborhood that grew up in the mid-19th century in connection with the growth of the textile industry in Wyoming; it includes several Greek Revival houses built between 1846 and 1850.[3] The historic district covers properties in both the towns of Richmond and Hopkinton, with a total area of 570 acres (230 ha), almost one square mile.[1]

Demographics[edit]

The portion of Wyoming in the town of Hopkinton is included in the census-designated place of Hope Valley.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ U.S. Census Bureau. New Census Designated Places (CDPs) submitted by Census to USGS, July–August, 2010
  3. ^ a b c d Hopkinton Preliminary Report, Rhode Island Historical Preservation Commission, October 1976
  4. ^ a b Historic and Archaeological Resources of Richmond, Rhode Island: A Preliminary Report, Rhode Island Historical Preservation Commission, December 1977
  5. ^ According to the 1919 book The Turnpikes of New England (Frederic James Wood (1919), The Turnpikes of New England and Evolution of the Same through England, Virginia, and Maryland, Marshall Jones Company. Pages 315-317.), in 1815 a public stage road was completed from the head of the Mystic River in Connecticut as far as Wyoming, and a franchise for building the New London Turnpike road was first proposed in 1815, covering the Providence to West Greenwich section, with the Providence and Pawcatuck Turnpike company chartered in 1816. The Connecticut section, the Groton and Stonington Turnpike, was chartered in 1818. The turnpike through Wyoming, the Hopkinton and Richmond Turnpike, was chartered in 1820.
  6. ^ Richard E. Wolke. "A Brief History of Richmond". Town of Richmond, Rhode Island, website. Retrieved July 5, 2009). 

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