SouthKingstown, RI

Originally called King’s Towne and incorporated in 1674, the area included the present towns of South Kingstown, North Kingstown, and Narragansett.

The first settlement was in South Kingstown, and it was there, in the Great Swamp Fight of 1675, that colonial soldiers from Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut gave King Philip his greatest defeat.

Farming was the main activity in early times. Prior to colonial settlement, however, the Narragansetts occupied the area, farming, hunting, and fishing. Although corn was their principal crop, they also produced squash, beans, and strawberries. Venison, cod, and shellfish were their primary sources of protein.