Pawtuxet, Rhode Island, by Donald A. D'Amato and Henry A. L. Brown
Founded in 1638, Pawtuxet is one of Rhode Island's oldest and most historic villages. The Pawtuxet River divides this unique settlement almost in half; the northern section belongs to Cranston and the southern to Warwick. The village is a distinct entity, however, and the object of much pride. After making significant contributions to our nation's fight for freedom—the British schooner Gaspee was burned off the shores of this village in the first act of violence in the American Revolution—Pawtuxet became known as a prosperous seaport and, later, as the home of Rhodes-on-the-Pawtuxet, an entertainment mecca that attracted visitors from far and wide. Many a couple met and courted at this exquisite resort, whose charms included ballroom dancing, big band music, canoe rentals, and regional culinary fare. The village of Pawtuxet has retained much of its attractive historical character over the years; by-passed by new roads and superhighways, Pawtuxet's heritage has been preserved.