Posted by: norstarnewengland | December 23, 2010

Walking in Wickford

Place: North Kingstown, RI

I found myself in Wickford, RI, on hearing that there was a plaque that marked the height of the bay water during the hurricane of 1938. There is so much more in this village, however, which the waymarks here highlight.

The high water mark plaque in the center of the village is on a brick building. Much of the village is on higher ground, but much of it is not. The hurricane of 1938 is the most destructive storm in the Narraganset Bay region and southern New England. Further up, hurricane barriers were built to protect Providence from a similar storm.

This is the “new” Episcopal church. It is located on the main road in the village. The old church still stands and is still used occasionally for church services and special events. This is one of the oldest structures still used as an Episcopal church. It was originally at another location a few miles south. There are a couple stories that attempt to explain how it was moved to the present location, one more colorful than the other.

This WWI memorial obelisk in a small green is easy to spot. While we were there, we came across a Rhode Island icon – a Dell’s stand!

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