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Johnston, Rhode Island


Johnston, a small town, was established in 1759, when it became independent from the city of Providence. Once an agricultural area, commercial interests expanded in the mid-nineteenth century when Johnston boasted four cotton factories employing more than 1,000 people.  Johnston is now a mixed residential and commercial town. Today, Johnston is one of the most ethnically diverse towns in Rhode Island.

Expand your visit to Johnston and visit Dame Farm and Orchards to experience a working educational farm dating back to the colonial period. Visitors can take a tour of the farm in a wagon pulled by draft horses. 

Johnston is less than six miles from the vibrant and revitalized city of Providence. Contact the North Central Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce or the Rhode Island Tourism Division for listings of restaurants and lodging, and many more local activities.


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