10 Best Places to Visit in Rhode Island

Rhode Island may be the smallest state in the United States, but it packs a wallop when it comes to history and scenic beauty. Founded in 1636 by Roger Williams, a religious exile from Massachusetts, Rhode Island was the first of the Thirteen Colonies to renounce allegiance to the British Crown. It also was the […]

Timeline of Rhode Island history – Claiborne Pell Newport Bridge 1969

The Claiborne Pell Bridge, commonly known as the Newport Bridge, is a suspension bridge operated by the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority that spans the East Passage of the Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island (northeastern United States). The bridge, part of RI 138, connects the City of Newport on Aquidneck Islandand the Town of Jamestown on Conanicut Island, and is named for longtime Rhode Island U.S. senator Claiborne Pell who lived in Newport. The Pell Bridge […]

Timeline of Rhode Island history – Westminster Arcade built in 1828

The Westminster Arcade (also known as the Providence Arcade, Arcade Providence, or The Arcade) is a historic shopping center at 130 Westminster Street and 65 Weybosset Street in downtown Providence, Rhode Island built in 1828. It is notable as the first enclosed shopping mall in the United States and has been lauded as a fine example of commercial Greek Revival architecture. It served as a shopping center […]

Timeline of Rhode Island history – Constitution of Rhode Island (1842)

The Constitution of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations is a document describing the structure and function of the government of the U.S. State of Rhode Island. 1842 Constitution Constitutional Convention Prior to 1842, Rhode Island was still governed by the 1663 Royal Charter. At nearly two centuries old, the document essentially restricted voting rights to a very […]