Eccentricities of Rhode Island

The only nuclear explosion to ever happen in the U.S. outside of a controlled environment happened in Wood River, Rhode Island

Block Island has its very own ghost ship

Mr. Potato Head was named as the official “family-travel ambassador” of Rhode Island in 2000

Rhode Islander Gilbert Stuart was the artist behind the George Washington portrait featured on the $1 bill.

Next time you’re in Exeter, visit the graveyard to check out the grave of a suspected vampire, Mercy Brown.

Rhode Island was one of a few states to not approve Prohibition.

JFK’s rejected grave slab

Roger Williams founded the first Baptist Church in Providence in 1638. He came to Rhode Island to have religious freedom. It is the oldest Baptist congregation in America.

The oldest limestone Quarry operating in the US is located in RI . It was opened in 1643 by Thomas Harris

Portsmouth, RI is the first town in America to be established by a woman, Anne Hutchinson. (1640)

The White Horse Tavern, the oldest tavern in America, was built in Newport and is still operating as a tavern

The Newport Artillery Company, Rhode Island Militia, chartered in 1741, is the nation’s oldest active military organization. It was originally formed to defend the town from marauding pirates.

In 1790, Samuel Slater introduced the textile industry and early mass-production know-how to this country. The Slater Mill in Pawtucket was built in 1793. It was the first successful textile mill in America. The mill is open for daily tours.

The Westerly Sun is the only Sunday evening paper printed in the United States. It was the first newspaper to announce the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, without necessitating the printing of an “extra” or calling personnel back to work to print a special edition for southeastern Rhode island readers.

The first gas lighted street in America was Pelham Street in Newport, illuminated in 1806 by Davis Melville.

Source: Central RI Chamber of Commerce

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