Glocester, Rhode Island

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Glocester is a town in Providence County, Rhode Island, United States. The population was 9,948 as of the 2000 census. The villages of Chepachet and Harmony are in Glocester. Putnam Pike (U.S. Route 44) runs through the center of Glocester into Connecticut.

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History

Glocester was named for Henry Stuart, Duke of Gloucester[3] Glocester was part of Providence until 1731 when it became an independent town.[4] North Glocester was incorporated as the separate town of Burrillville in 1806. During the American Revolution, Loyalists from Newport were exiled in Glocester to Stephen Keach's farm, including Thomas Vernon, a Tory from Newport, who described Glocester residents in 1776 as:

inclined much to talk of liberty...It is amazing what false and erroneous opinions and ideas these people have entertained...The religion of the people of this town consists entirely of New Light Baptists. The custom of Dipping is much in vogue in this and the neighboring towns.[5]

The Dorr Rebellion began in Glocester in 1841.

Since 1927 the Ancient and Horribles Parade has been an annual Fourth of July tradition in Chepachet, where residents create traditional and satirical political floats.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 56.8 square miles (147.2 km²), of which 54.8 square miles (142.0 km²) are land and 2.0 square miles (5.2 km²) (3.55%) are water.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 9,948 people, 3,559 households, and 2,818 families residing in the town. The population density was 181.5 people per square mile (70.1/km²). There were 3,786 housing units at an average density of 69.1/sq mi (26.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.48% White, 0.34% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.10% from other races, and 0.68% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.65% of the population.

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