Little Compton RI Real Estate
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Little Compton residents place a high priority on preserving open space, agricultural land, and their sandy beaches. South Shore Beach and Goosewing Beach are beautiful, diverse beaches, open to the public. The Rhode Island Red, Rhode Island’s state bird, was developed in Little Compton. Supporting the fishing industry, the fishing fleet departs daily from the Sakonnet Wharf.
With the atmosphere of colonial New England, many people find Little Compton to be an ideal vacation spot.
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Check out homes for sale in Little Compton and you'll find most stores and restaurants in Little Compton are located in the town common. The Commons Lunch, is famous for its johnny cakes. Other restaurants include Crowther's on Pottersville Road, the Art Café, and the Stone House which is a resort with two gourmet kitchens offering different cuisines. As well, during the summer, increasingly popular farm stands sell a variety of food, fruits, and vegetables.
There are numerous buildings and houses in Little Compton that date from the 18th and 19th centuries. A number of these buildings, centered around the town commons, include: the Quaker meeting house on West Main Road, Town Hall, Number 8 Schoolhouse, Wilbur's Store, and the United Congregational Church. There are even a few 17th century structures such as the Wilbur house and the Peabody house, still standing.
Additional historic homes include the Asa Gray house, Oldacre, the Slicer house, the Brownell houses, the William Whalley Homestead, and the Brownell Library on the commons.
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Check out Little Compton homes and learn that the town common is the only town common in Rhode Island. Since 1677, when land was designated for the town common, it has been used as a center for religious and social activities.
Little Compton was incorporated in 1682 as a part of Plymouth Colony after it was first settled by a group including Captain Benjamin Church. Little Compton was transferred to Rhode Island, under Royal Decree, in 1746.
The original inhabitants of Little Compton were the "Sagonate" or "Sakonnet" Indians. They fought alongside the settlers against King Philip, Sachem of the Wampanoags. King Philip waged war against the white settlers. The southern end of the town bordering the Atlantic is still known as "Sakonnet” and it was here that Captain Church cleared the area for settlement.
For a time, the Little Compton settlement enjoyed peace and prosperity until the Revolution when the British occupied Newport. Although small groups from the British garrison invaded Little Compton numerous times, the settlers fought back. At the Taggart House, it is said that the British raiders were "bushwacked” by the settlers.
- Total Population: 3593
- Population per Sq. Mi.: 172
- Occupied Dwelling Units: 1475
- Families: 1041
- Land Area Sq. Miles: 20.9
* source: RI.gov & RIEDC
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