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Contact Info
Scituate Town Hall
195 Danielson Pike
North Scituate, RI 02857
Tel: 401.647.2822
Web Site:

Fire & Rescue
Chopmist Hill: 401.821.5900
Hope Jackson: 401.821.5900
North Scituate: 401.821.5900
Potterville: 401.821.5900

Hope Library
374 North Road - Box 310
Hope, RI 02831
Tel: 401.821.7910
Fax: 401.

North Scituate Public Library
606 West Greenville Road
North Scituate, RI 02857
Tel: 401.647.5133

Police Department
Chopmist Hill: 401.821.5900
Hope Jackson: 401.821.5900
North Scituate: 401.821.5900
Potterville: 401.821.5900
RI State Police: 401.444.1111
Missing Children Hotline: 1.800.286.8626

Post Offices
Clayville: 401.647.2885
Fiskeville: 401.828.7273
Hope: 401.828.4355
North Scituate: 401.647.5360

School System
Scituate School Department
197 Danielson Pike - PO Box 188
North Scituate, RI 02857-0188
Tel: 401.647.4100
Fax: 401.647.4102
TTY: 800.745.5555
VOICE: 800.745.6575

Clayville Elementary School
3 George Washington Highway
Clayville, RI 02815
Tel: 401.647.4115
Fax: 401.647.4114

Hope Elementary School
391 North Road (Route 116)
Hope, RI 02831-1243
Tel: 401.821.3651
Fax: 401.823.4976

North Scituate Elementary School
46 Institute Lane
North Scituate, RI 02857
Tel: 401.647.4110
Fax: 401.647.4112

Scituate High School
94 Trimtown Road
North Scituate, RI 02857
Tel: 401.647.4120
Fax: 401.647.4126

Scituate Middle School
94 Trimtown Road
North Scituate, RI 02857
Tel: 401.647.4123

Town Offices
Building Inspector: 401.647.5901
Dog Officer: 401.821.5900
Emergency Management: 401.647.3000
Highway Department: 401.647.3366
Housing Authority: 401.647.2276
Tax Assessor: 401.647.2919
Tax Collector: 401.647.5526
Town Clerk: 401.647.2822
Treasurer: 401.647.2547

Our State
Though officially founded in 1636 by Roger Williams as a haven of civic and religious freedom, Rhode Island's first real settler was a bull-riding preacher by the name of William Blackstone, who fled the puritan ways of Massachusetts. In the 18th century, Rhode Island flourished from fertile farmlands and profits from sea trades. In the 1800's, the textile industry spurred industrial growth making Rhode Island birthplace of the Industrial Revolution and a destination for worldwide immigration. Today, many of those mills have moved or closed, changing the face of employment. Jewelry manufacturing and services are still important to the economy, following the number one industry, tourism. Rhode Island offers a unique mix of past and present, old world tradition and modern innovation.

Only 48 miles long and 37 miles wide, it is the smallest state with the longest name: The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. Small as Rhode Island is, there are 400 miles of coastline and it offers more geographic and cultural diversity than most states two times its size. From the sandy beaches in South County to the mansions in Newport, the renovated buildings in downtown Providence, the 14-mile bike path in Bristol County, to the apple orchards in North Country, diversity abounds.

Narragansett Bay is our greatest natural resource, offering some of the best sailing on the East Coast, numerous beaches, and great salt-water fishing. Newport, famous for its millionaire row with historic summer home mansions, 3-mile Cliff Walk, water activities galore, and popular Jazz and Folk festivals, provides endless activity less than an hour away.

Our state capital, Providence (pop. 160,000), has recently undergone an urban renewal and now hosts numerous cultural and sporting events along and in the city's charming riverway and waterpark. In Providence, there are a number of top colleges (Brown University, Providence College, Rhode Island College, Johnson & Wales, and Rhode Island School of Design), theatres (Trinity Repertory and Providence Performing Arts Center), and fine restaurants (too many to name). Our state is a mix of many nationalities and religions. Two-thirds of the state's residents are Roman Catholic and Episcopalians make up 15 percent of the population.

Our Town
Just ten miles outside Providence, in the northwest section of Rhode Island, among winding roads, acres of sturdy oak trees and tall pine trees, sits the quiet residential community of Scituate. Established in the year 1731, Scituate's name is a native Indian term meaning "cold brook" and comes from it sister community, Scituate, Massachusetts. The first people to live in Scituate were Indian, mostly Narragansetts and Nipmucs. As settlers moved in, Scituate became a farming town and later in 1806, water-powered mills brought the textile industry to the country. Today, only one mill remains in the section of Hope as a reminder of years past.

In 1915, life as Scituate knew it, changed with the construction of the manmade reservoir designed to provide water to various communities throughout the state. Whole villages, including mills, places of business, and homes were destroyed in preparation of the flooding of the Pawtuxet River for the new reservoir. Even our first Trinity Church building was lost to the reservoir.

Yet, what changed the life of Scituate residents so drastically in the early 1900s is given credit today for preserving a rural atmosphere in Scituate. With a relatively consistent population of 10,000, Scituate covers some 52 square miles (nearly half of which is Reservoir property). A number of residents have long family histories in Scituate while others have chosen to move here for the quieter lifestyle. The people of Scituate are friendly, community-minded, hard-working, and share a love for country living.

The town is governed by a seven-member Town Council elected to serve two-year terms. The Town Hall is managed by an elected Town Clerk. Scituate has four all-volunteer fire departments, a non-profit ambulance corps, and a 17-member police force.

The community has two public libraries that are open a set number of hours most days; both offer special programs throughout the year. Senior citizens have a meal site three times a week at the Community House and can make use of the town transportation van.

Scituate's public school system consists of three elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school with a combined enrollment of 1,750 students. The Middle School and High School share a recently expanded and updated core facility, media center, and auditorium.

The town hosts recreation programs for adults and children, including a popular soccer league, baseball and basketball programs, and summer tennis. Additionally, there are a number of civic organizations and activities for children to take part in: Scouts, 4-H, dance lessons, library story hour, etc. Many adults are active in organization such as: The Preservation Society; Art Festival Committee; Rotary; Lions Club; Seniors; Gentian Club; Masonic Orders; Hope Community Services; etc.

Our Village
The cozy village of North Scituate is home to one of the finest art festivals, the Scituate Art Festival. Each Columbus Day weekend, artists and craftsmen from New England and beyond, display and sell their fine works of art, hand crafts, and wares to the thousands of festival-goers. The town bustles - art, antiques, crafts, music, food, and plenty of people. The village has a number of beautiful historic homes and buildings, including Town Hall, the Community House, and the Congregational Church - all giving you a glimpse of the past. Mall shopping, theatres, cultural arts, beaches, and other services are all just a short drive away in bordering communities. Rhode Island being as small as it is offers everything you want within minutes. Other villages within the Town of Scituate are Chopmist, Clayville, Crazy Corners, Fiskeville, Harrisdale, Hope, Jackson, Potterville, Rockland, Saundersville, and Waterman Four Corners. Scituate's neighbors are Glocester to the north, Foster to the west, and Cranston and Johnston to the east.

As one of six New England states, Rhode Island offers easy access to other major cities: Boston is one hour away by car, bus, or train; Hartford is 1-1/2 hours away; and New York is 3 hours away. The pleasures of other states can also be yours in just one or a few more hours - mountains, lakes, country inns, skiing, camping, hiking, antiquing...all easy to get to, from Scituate, Rhode Island, home of Trinity Church.


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