Coventry is a town in Kent County, Rhode Island, United States. The population was 35,014 at the 2010 census. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 62.3 sq mi (161 km2). 59.5 sq mi (154 km2) of it is land and 2.8 sq mi (7.3 km2) of it (4.49%) is water. The town is bordered by West Warwick to the east, Foster, Scituate, and Cranston to the north, West Greenwich and East Greenwich to the south, and Sterling, Connecticut to the west. It is the largest town in land area in Rhode Island, being surpassed in total area only by South Kingstown, Rhode Island, with water and land area of 79.8 square miles (207 km2).
Coventry offers a few recreation facilities. The town has youth sport leagues for football (boasting the 2006 American Youth Football National title), basketball, baseball, and softball. Carbuncle Pond off of Rt 14 (Plainfield Pike) near the Connecticut border, is a 39-acre (160,000 m2) pond that is popular for freshwater fishing. Johnson's Pond, a waterfront neighborhood, houses facilities for fishing and watersports. Wakeboarding Magazine rated Johnson's Pond as the best location for wakeboarding in Rhode Island. The 860-acre (3.5 km2) George B Parker woodland, owned by the Audubon Society of Rhode Island, offers several hiking trails. The woodland caretaker's home dates from the mid 18th century.
The town had been investing in the Coventry Greenway. The Coventry Greenway is a pedestrian and bicycle path built on the old New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad right-of-way and is part of the East Coast Greenway (Nationally). The path travels 15 miles (24 km) from the Connecticut State line to the West Warwick town line. Currently the Coventry Greenway is closed, and plans to reopen during June of 2013.
National Historic Places in Coventry:
- Isaac Bowen House (1795)
- Joseph Briggs House-Coventry Town Farm (1790)
- Carbuncle Hill Archaeological District, RI-1072-1079
- General Nathanael Greene Homestead (1774)
- Interlaken Mill Bridge (1885)
- Moosup River Site (RI-1153)
- Paine House (1748)
- Pawtuxet Valley Dyeing Company (1859)
- Read School (1831)
- Rice City Historic District
- South Main Street Historic District (Coventry, Rhode Island)
- Waterman Tavern (1744) - Historical Marker for Waterman Tavern - HMdb
- William Waterman House
- Wilson-Winslow House (1812)