Greenville, Rhode Island

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Greenville is a village and census-designated place (CDP) in the town of Smithfield in Providence County, Rhode Island, United States. The population was 8,626 at the 2000 census. The CDP is centered around the village of Greenville but also encompasses the nearby villages of West Greenville and Spragueville, as well as the Mountaindale reservoir and beach.

The village of Greenville is named after Revolutionary War General, Nathanael Greene, who was born in Rhode Island in 1742. Greenville was first settled in the 17th century. The village contains the Greenville Baptist Church (American Baptist Churches, USA), and there are many apple orchards in the surrounding area. The area was active in the Free Will Baptist movement in the 19th century, and the Smithville Seminary, a Free Baptist institution, was nearby. U.S. Route 44, known locally as "Putnam Pike" runs through the center of Greenville.

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Notable residents

Geography

Greenville is located at 41°52′36″N 71°33′12″W / 41.87667°N 71.55333°W / 41.87667; -71.55333 (41.876749, -71.553375)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 14.9 km² (5.8 mi²). 13.5 km² (5.2 mi²) of it is land and 1.4 km² (0.5 mi²) of it (9.39%) is water.

Distinct villages in Greenville CDP

  • Greenville
  • West Greenville
  • Spragueville
  • Mountaindale (also Mountain Dale) — the location of Mountaindale Beach and is sometimes referred to as part of Spragueville. It is one of the named villages of the town of Smithfield.[4][5][6] Mountaindale was home to the Mountain Dale Hosiery Mill owned by J.P. and J.G. Ray.[7] It is also named in a political graveyard reference source.[8]

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