Originally this area and neighboring Quidnick were generally known as Greeneville, for the farming family who owned most of the land in the vicinity. A member of the Greene family opened a cotton mill here in 1806, among the first in the state. The six-story mill which replaced this original wooden structure in 1810 was said to be the largest in Rhode Island at the time. Small mills persisted here until Richard Anthony bought out previous owners and established the large mill which now dominates the town.
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