Waterford, Rhode Island

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Waterford is a village located on St. Paul Street in North Smithfield, Rhode Island and Blackstone, Massachusetts. The Branch River flows through the village.

Turn-of-the 20th century photo of Mammoth Mill (1864) off Canal Street with the old Blackstone Canal (1828) and Blackstone River in the foreground.

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 were constructed mid-nineteenth century. Waterford is home to St. Paul's Church (1851), originally served a largely Irish population, and sits on the Rhode Island/Massachusetts border. Adjacent to the church is the church school and many businesses.

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  • Walter Nebiker, The History of North Smithfield (Somersworth, NH: New England History Press, 1976).

Coordinates: 42°00′45″N 71°32′18″W / 42.01250°N 71.53833°W / 42.01250; -71.53833