Cowesett, Rhode Island

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Cowesett is an affluent hillside neighborhood located in Warwick, Rhode Island. Cowesett is bounded on the north by Rhode Island Route 117, on the south by East Greenwich, Rhode Island, on the east by U.S. 1 (Post Road), and on the west by Rhode Island Route 2. To the east is the neighborhood of Chepiwanoxet and Greenwich Bay, an arm of Narragansett Bay. Cowesett is known as the "Wellesley by the Sea" for its similarity to the affluent Wellesely, MA but near the coast.


The name Cowesett, which has had various spellings throughout history, may be derived from the Narragansett expression kówaw 'pine tree' + -es 'small' + -sett 'place', meaning 'Small Pine Place.'[1] This place name may have designated by metonymy the earliest inhabitants of this area prior to contact with Europeans.

Schools and Colleges[edit]

The major public schools are CCRI, Cedar Hill Elementary School, Scott Elementary School, Winman Junior High School, and Toll Gate High School. Private schools in Cowesett include Bishop Hendricken and Rocky Hill.

Notable Residents[edit]

Cowesett is home to actor James Woods, former boxer Vinny Pazienza, and Olympic Gold Medalist Sara DeCosta. It is the former home of current Major League pitcher Dan Wheeler of the Tampa Bay Rays.


In 2010, the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) opened up Warwick Station on the Providence/Stoughton Line, providing train service connecting T. F. Green Airport and Boston, Massachusetts.

Coordinates: 41°40′52″N 71°27′40″W / 41.68111°N 71.46111°W / 41.68111; -71.46111

  1. ^ Francis Joseph O'Brien, Jr. (Moondancer) and Julianne Jennings (Strong Woman), An Introduction to the Narragansett Language: A Study of Roger Williams' A Key into the Language of America. Newport, Rhode Island: Aquidneck Indian Council, 2001, P. 127 Note 477; , accessed September 7th, 2017