Misquamicut, Rhode Island

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Andrea Hotel, c.1930s

Misquamicut is a small beachfront community and fire district in southern Washington County, Rhode Island. It is part of the town of Westerly and is a census-designated place.[1] The population was listed as 390 in 2010.[2]


Misquamicut is a word in the Narragansett language or in another Algonquian language closely related to Narragansett. It can be derived from the roots mish 'red' + kwam 'fish' + k (plural) + -t 'at', meaning 'At the Place of the Red Fish,' that is, 'At the Salmon Place'. [3]


The district was once known as Pleasant View. The land was purchased from Chief Sosoa of the Montauks in 1661. The name was changed from Pleasant View to Misquamicut in 1928. The area suffered a series of devastating hurricanes that wiped out beach homes, hotels, and other structures in 1938, 1944, and 1954. A portion of the oceanfront became Misquamicut State Beach in 1959.[4]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Misquamicut, Rhode Island
  2. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Counts: Rhode Island" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. p. 11. Retrieved September 1, 2014. 
  3. ^ 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, PP. 131, 136; https://www.scribd.com/doc/299109237/Introduction-to-the-Narragansett-Language , accessed September 29th, 2017
  4. ^ "Misquamicut State Beach History". State of Rhode Division of Parks & Recreation. Retrieved September 1, 2014. 

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Coordinates: 41°19′26″N 71°49′19″W / 41.32389°N 71.82194°W / 41.32389; -71.82194