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Warwick, Rhode Island has been called The Crossroads of Southern New England with good reason. It is situated in the heart of the scenic beauty and historic charm that is New England.

The TABD BOARD & BREAKFAST, located at historic Pawtuxet Village and beautiful Narragansett Bay, offers several fine restaurants and antique shops. Boating and fishing are a stone's throw away.

Our central location is just 3.5 miles from TF Green Airport and minutes away from Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design, Johnson & Wales and Rhode Island's corporate, industrial and financial centers.

The Village of Pawtuxet is historic in that its the oldest village in New England and is one of the very few villages that span two communities - the Cities of Warwick and Cranston. Founded in 1638, it is the site of the 1772 burning of the H.M.S. Gaspee - the first armed conflict of the American Revolution.

Pawtuxet is an Indian name for Little Falls. It derived its name from the Pawtuxet tribe of Indians named the Sononoce, a part of the Narragansett nation. They lived on the banks of the Pawtuxet River and used Pawtuxet neck as their feasting ground. Pawtuxet Cove, also called Fiddlers Rest, meaning the resting place of ships, was a good harbor. The water was deep and Pawtuxet Neck made good protection for vessels. In 1636 Roger Williams received his grant of land from the Indians. There is a marker at the Cranston end of Pawtuxet Bridge.

The Village is a seaport hamlet which grew up around a cove and falls where there was water power for mills and a sheltered harbor for vessels. During its settlement days there were grist mills and when the 18th century arrived, Pawtuxet men were engaged in the Triangular Trade, privateering and the coastal trade.

Pawtuxet also boasts of having been a refuge to supporters of Thomas Wilson Dorr during the Dorr War and Rebellion, having supported President Abraham Lincoln's campaign against slavery, and serving as host to the original Siamese twins - Chan and Eng.

At the beginning of the 19th century, textile manufacturing began with the mills of William and Christopher Rhodes. The last mill fire was in 1875, ending the textile era. Streetcar lines were introduced to Pawtuxet from Providence and spurred the village's growth as a suburban neighborhood.
Today's Pawtuxet Village is a much different place. Nestled between bustling communities and commercial areas, some of Rhode Island's most prominent historical sites can be found. Whether walking along historic Post Road or strolling through Pawtuxet Park, visitors will easily feel the Village's sense of pride.

Beginning at the bridge over Pawtuxet Falls, visitors can follow the walks of life of centuries of residents. Decades of service have been given to protect, preserve, and defend this community. The annual Gaspee Days events are an extension of this pride. First held in 1965, this month long celebration culminates yearly in June with a parade down the tree-lined Narragansett Parkway. And, of course, our own Pawtuxet Rangers still protect and defend the village from invaders.


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