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Pawtuxet Village

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18th century and later. Bounded by the Pawtuxet River, Pawtuxet Cove, and Ocean Ave.

Settled in 1638, Pawtuxet Village, at the mouth of the Pawtuxet River, is the oldest node of development in Cranston. Only a handful of houses, now mostly altered, survive from the eighteenth through the mid-nineteenth centuries, including the Remington Arnold House (c. 1730; 12 Bridge Street); the George L. Tucker House (c. 1790; 27 Tucker Avenue); and the William C. Rhodes House (1857; 143 Sheldon Street). They are intermixed with later houses built as vacation cottages and now mostly occupied year round. A point of land which shelters the river mouth and creates a small harbor, while not really part of the colonial village, is also tightly covered with small to medium-sized houses. It contributes to the village and seems today to extend it. The only section of the immediate greater Providence metropolitan area that retains the feel of a small New England waterfront village, it is distinguished more by its density, topography, and ambience than by its architecture. The village continues on the Warwick side of the Pawtuxet, where more early houses are extant.

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William H. Jordy et al.
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William H. Jordy et al., "Pawtuxet Village", [Cranston, Rhode Island], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/RI-01-CR11.

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