Saunderstown, Rhode Island
Saunderstown is a small village just south of the town of North Kingstown in Washington County, Rhode Island. It is perhaps best known as the birthplace of the artist Gilbert Stuart, who is famous for his portraits of George Washington, although he painted many prominent Americans in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The Gilbert Stuart Birthplace and Museum tells the story of his life.
Just north of Saunderstown is historic Wickford Village, which contains one of the largest collections of preserved eighteenth-century houses in the northeast and has a large and scenic harbor. Stroll down the picturesque waterfront streets lined with one-of-a-kind shops.
The town of North Kingstown is home to Quonset Point, a former military base which was once the home of the Naval Construction Battalions known as the SeaBees. The Quonset Air Museum, located near the Quonset Naval Air Station, focuses on military aviation history. Nature lovers should visit Rome Point, a large undeveloped stretch of land on Narragansett Bay where visitors can walk the two-mile roundtrip hike and view many seals in the winter. For more information contact the North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce.
The town of Narragansett, about seven miles away, also has many interesting sites to visit. The Narragansett Chamber of Commerce can provide more information on this scenic area.
Historic New England's Watson Farm is located nearby in Jamestown.