Lincoln, Rhode Island
Lincoln, a small inland town, sits at the southern end of the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, one hour southwest of Boston and fifteen minutes west of Providence, Rhode Island. The town of Lincoln, once part of Smithfield, Rhode Island, was contained in the Loquasquaset Purchase of 1636. It was not until 1871 that the town of Smithfield was divided into two sections that the town of Lincoln was born. The Lincoln area was the site for one of the first industries in the nation, the mining of lime, which began in the 1640s. By the late 1800s Lincoln became an important mill town due to its proximity to the Blackstone River. Today, the Great Road is a historic district, with historic houses, farms, and mills lining the way.
Expand your visit to Lincoln and visit Hearthside, one of the finest examples of early nineteenth-century Federal-style houses in the state. On weekends visitors can experience blacksmith demonstrations at the Hannaway Blacksmith Shop, located next to Hearthside. To experience the outdoors, visit Lincoln Woods State Park, with swimming at the freshwater beach, fishing, hiking, jogging, and horseback riding.