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Wickford Village Rhode Island
Main Street
Wickford Village, Rhode Island 02852
Voice: 401-295-5566

Historic Wickford is the original town center of North Kingstown, Rhode Island, and it is a place where time seems to have stopped in the 1820's. In Wickford, the visitor finds what is said to be the densest concentration of original late Revolutionary and Federal period houses anywhere in New England.

Wickford was established in 1663. Originally, much of the village was on an island, but that island has long since been attached to the mainland.

Wickford's most famous native is the renowned novelist, John Updike, a descendant of one of the village's founders, and it is generally agreed that Wickford provides the setting for his popular novel, "The Witches of Eastwick". (The movie that was based on the book, however, was not made in Wickford.)

The oldest surviving building in Wickford is the historic Old Narragansett Church, which was built in 1707 and moved to Wickford in 1800. The building, which is located on Church Lane, is unaltered structurally and has retained almost all of its original fixtures, including the altar silver, sent to the parish by Queen Anne in 1708. The church also possesses a rare English chamber organ, built in the 1680's or 1690's and attributed to the legendary British organ builder Bernard ("Father") Smith, who built the original organ in London's St. Paul Cathedral. The Old Narragansett Church is open to visitors on July and August weekends, and it is the site of special services throughout the year.

Its 1700's historic homes, churches, gardens and picturesque harbor offer a glimpse of our nation's early history.



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