North Kingstown is a town in Washington County, Rhode Island, United States. The population was 26,486 at the 2010 census. The famous American portraitist Gilbert Stuart was born in the village of Saunderstown, located in the southern region of North Kingstown. The town of Kings Towne was founded in 1674, by the colonial government, and included the present day towns of North Kingstown, South Kingstown, Exeter, and Narragansett. In 1722, Kings Towne was split into two parts, North Kingstown and South Kingstown, with North Kingstown, having the earliest settlements, retaining the 1674 establishment date. In 1742 the town of Exeter was taken from the western part of North Kingstown.
Points of interest:
Casey Farm (1725) - An original colonial plantation that is today one of the oldest operational farms in New England.
Davis Memorial Wildlife Refuge - 96 Acres of forest and wetlands preserved by the Audubon Society of Rhode Island.
Devil's Foot Rock - A footprint-like natural impression or possibly petrosomatoglyph. Legends going back to the colonial era tell of a squaw being chased by the devil. Some say that she fled from Boston. Her pursuer is said to have left his footprints at Devil's Foot Rock, then at Chimney Hill in South Kingstown, and finally at Block Island.
Gilbert Stuart Birthplace and Museum (1751) - The house in which American portraitist Gilbert Stuart was born in 1755. The museum features works from throughout Stuart's career and operational grist and snuff mills.
Historic Wickford Village - A Historic Seaside Village which contains one of the largest collections of preserved 18th century houses in the Northeastern United States. Wickford also has a large and scenic harbor.
Quonset Air Museum - A large Museum located near the Quonset Naval Air Station which focuses on military aviation history.
Smith's Castle (1678) - A colonial plantation located on the shore of Narragansett Bay.
Other National Historic Places in North Kingstown: