Providence and Pawtucket, RI

Providence, Rhode Island

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Providence has become a wonderful place to wander through history. During the 1920s and 1930s, as the textile industry moved to the southern part of the United States, Providence went into a decline. By the 1950s city neighborhoods were mostly slums. The amazing good luck is that the historic buildings in the city stood neglected for years, waiting to be given a fresh coat of paint and brought back to life. In 1956 the Providence Preservation Society was formed to combat federal urban renewal programs, which operated by means of the wrecker’s ball. Over the years, hundreds of structures were saved, and today the lovely lines of Colonial, Greek Revival, and Victorian buildings have reappeared. This itinerary visits many of the best sites Providence has to offer and includes a detailed side trip to Warwick. This eTrail contains everything you need to getaway for a quick daytrip or a long weekend jaunt. A route map is included and as are suggestions for the best things to do, places to eat, and places to stay.
Daytrips and Getaway Weekends in Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts

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Daytrips and Getaway Weekends in Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts

by Patricia and Robert Foulke (The Globe Pequot Press)

Providence has become a wonderful place to wander through history. During the 1920s and 1930s, as the textile industry moved to the southern part of the United States, Providence went into a decline. By the 1950s city neighborhoods were mostly slums. The amazing good luck is that the historic buildings in the city stood neglected for years, waiting to be given a fresh coat of paint and brought back to life. In 1956 the Providence Preservation Society was formed to combat federal urban renewal programs, which operated by means of the wrecker’s ball.

Over the years, hundreds of structures were saved, and today the lovely lines of Colonial, Greek Revival, and Victorian buildings have reappeared. This itinerary visits many of the best sites Providence has to offer and includes a detailed side trip to Warwick. This eTrail contains everything you need to getaway for a quick daytrip or a long weekend jaunt. A route map is included and as are suggestions for the best things to do, places to eat, and places to stay.

©  Patricia and Robert Foulke/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Providence
Duration: One day to several days
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: All contact information for attractions and dining are provided in the eTrail.
Driving Directions: Directions to Providence and Pawtucket, RI

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