Little Compton Common Historic District

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Coordinates: 41°30′34″N 71°10′19″W / 41.50949°N 71.17194°W / 41.50949; -71.17194

Little Compton Common Historic District
Little Compton American Legion and Grange Hall.jpg
Grange Hall
Little Compton Common Historic District is located in Rhode Island
Little Compton Common Historic District
Little Compton Common Historic District is located in the United States
Little Compton Common Historic District
LocationLittle Compton, Rhode Island
Architectural styleGreek Revival
Early and Late Victorian
NRHP reference No.74000041 [1]
Added to NRHPMay 3, 1974

The Little Compton Common Historic District, or Little Compton Commons, is an historic district in Little Compton, Rhode Island. It is a triangular area roughly bounded by School House Lane to the north, South Commons Road to the east, and Meeting House Lane to the south. Properties continue to the west on West Road.[2]

The district features a variety of Greek Revival and Victorian buildings, including the United Congregational Church, whose tall steeple dominates the landscape; the First Methodist Meeting House; the Little Compton Town Hall and a former schoolhouse, now connected; Sakonnet Lodge, formerly a Methodist Church; the Little Compton Community Center, formerly Grange Hall; the Brownell Library; a restaurant; and C. R. Wilbur's general merchandise store; among others.[2]

At the center of the district is the town common itself, one of only two remaining in Rhode Island. It contains a large colonial cemetery with many graves, including those of American Revolutionary War veterans and other notable individuals.[3] Nearby is Union Cemetery , also part of the historic district, which features a Civil War memorial. The district was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. January 23, 2007.
  2. ^ a b "Little Compton Common nomination form"
  3. ^ a b c Rhode Island: a guide to the smallest state By Federal Writers' Project. Rhode Island: Houghton Mifflin company. 1937. p. 423.

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