Smithfield, Rhode Island

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Smithfield is a town in Providence County, Rhode Island, United States. It includes the historic villages of Esmond, Georgiaville, Mountaindale, Hanton City, Stillwater and Greenville. The population was 20,613 at the 2000 census.

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History

The town was first settled in the 17th century as a farming community and named after Smithfield, London. It was within the boundaries of Providence until 1731. There was an active Quaker community in early Smithfield that extended to south Uxbridge, in the early 18th century. In the 19th century several mills were built in the town. In the mid-19th century the towns of North Smithfield, Rhode Island, and Lincoln, Rhode Island, became separate towns. In the 1920s the Ku Klux Klan was active in the area, and KKK rallies were held within the town.[3] Also, the colonial ghost town of Hanton City is located within the town.

Education

Bryant University, a private university with programs in business and the arts and sciences, is located in Smithfield. Smithfield contains several public elementary schools and a public high school, which was ranked 17th out of 52 high schools in Rhode Island in 2006.[4] St. Phillip's School, a private Roman Catholic academy offering education in grades K-8, is situated in Greenville.[5] Mater Ecclesiae College, a Catholic college, is also located in the town in a facility that was formerly the St. Aloysius Orphanage.[6]

Noted residents

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