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Encyclopedia > Coventry, Rhode Island
Coventry, Rhode Island

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Country United States
State Rhode Island
County Kent
Government
 - Town Manager Richard Kerbel
Area
 - City  62.3 sq mi (161.4 km²)
 - Land  59.5 sq mi (154.1 km²)
 - Water  2.8 sq mi (7.3 km²)
Population (2004)
 - City 33,668
 - Density 565.4/sq mi (218.3/km²)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Website: http://www.town.coventry.ri.us/

Coventry is a town in Kent County, Rhode Island, United States. As of the 2004 census, the town population was 35,072. Image File history File links CoventryRI_seal. ... This is an alphabetical list of the sovereign states of the world, including both de jure and de facto independent states. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Chief Justice Associate Justices Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Counties, Cities, and Towns Other countries Politics Portal      The political units and divisions of the United States include: The 50 states, which are... This article is about the U.S. State. ... List of Rhode Island counties: Rhode Island Bristol County: formed in 1747 from land gained from Bristol County, Massachusetts after resolution of a boundary dispute between the two colonies. ... Kent County is a county located in the state of Rhode Island. ... Council-manager government - Wikipedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... Area is a physical quantity expressing the size of a part of a surface. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... To help compare different orders of magnitude and geographical regions, we list here areas between 100 km² and 1000 km². See also areas of other orders of magnitude. ... Population density by country, 2006 Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume. ... A time zone is a region of the Earth that has adopted the same standard time, usually referred to as the local time. ... Metronome, a public art installation showing the time in New York City The Eastern Time Zone (ET) of the Western Hemisphere falls mostly along the east coast of Northern America and the west coast of South America. ... -12 | -11 | -10 | -9:30 | -9 | -8 | -7 | -6 | -5 | -4 | -3:30 | -3 | -2:30 | -2 | -1 | -0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... Though DST is common in Europe and North America, most of the worlds people do not use it. ... Eastern Daylight Time or EDT is equal to: In North America, Eastern Standard Time + 1, or UTC − 4 hours. ... −12 | −11 | −10 | −9:30 | −9 | −8 | −7 | −6 | −5 | −4 | −3:30 | −3 | −2:30 | −2 | −1 | −0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... The system of local government in use in New England is very different from that found throughout the rest of the United States. ... Kent County is a county located in the state of Rhode Island. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 62.3 mi². 59.5 mi² of it is land and 2.8 mi² of it (4.49%) is water. The town is bordered by West Warwick to the east, Foster, Scituate, and Cranston to the north, West Greenwich and East Greenwich to the south, and Sterling, Connecticut to the west. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... Location of West Warwick, Rhode Island. ... Foster may refer to: // People See Mark Foster (surname) Fictional characters Foster, Ellen Foster, Robert (protagonist in the adventure game Beneath a Steel Sky) Places Foster, Clark County, Wisconsin, USA Foster, Missouri, USA Foster, Nebraska, USA Foster, New South Wales, Australia Foster, Rhode Island, USA Foster, Victoria, Australia Other uses... There are two New England towns named Scituate: Scituate, Massachusetts Scituate, Rhode Island (which was named after the town in Massachusetts). ... Cranston is a city located in Providence County, Rhode Island. ... West Greenwich is a town located in Kent County, Rhode Island. ... East Greenwich is the name of a small town in the United Kingdom: East Greenwich, Greater London It is also the name of the following places in the United States of America: East Greenwich Township, New Jersey East Greenwich, Rhode Island This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid... Sterling may refer to: Sterling (car), a British automobile manufacturer. ... It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles. ...


History

Coventry was first settled in the early 18th century, when the town was part of Warwick. Since the area was so far away from the center of Warwick, the area that became Coventry grew very slowly. However, by 1741, enough farmers (about 100 families) had settled in the area that they petitioned the General Assembly of Rhode Island to create their own town. The petition was granted, and the new town was named Coventry, after a city in central England. For the rest of the 18th century, Coventry remained a rural town populated by farmers. Among the buildings that survive are the Waterman Tavern (1740s), the Nathaniel Greene Homestead (1770), and the Paine Homestead (late 1600s/early 1700s). The oldest church in Coventry, Maple Root Baptist Church, dates from the end of the 18th century.


During the War of Independence, the people of Coventry were supporters of the patriot cause. Nathaniel Greene, a resident of Coventry, rose through the ranks to become a leading general of the American army. By the end of the war, Greene was second in command in the US amry after Geroge Washington Nathanael Greene Nathanael Greene (July 27, 1742 (O.S.)–June 19, 1786), was a major general of the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War. ...


In the 19th century, the Industrial Revolution came to Coventry with the building of the first mill in Anthony. Over the next century, the eastern end of town became very industrialized, with manufacturing centers being located in Anthony, Washington, Quidnick, and Harris villages. Many of the old factories still stand in the town, and the village centers (in particular Anthony and Quidnick) remain mostly intact. The demographics of the town also changed as these new mill villages were populated by French Canadian and Irish immigrants. By the end of the 19th century, almost one fourth of the population was born outside the US, and French was the primary language for many of the people in the eastern part of Coventry. Not all immigrants, however, worked in the factories. Census records from the late 19th century show that some of them owned farms.


By comparison, the western end of the town remained very rural, with the only centers of population being located at Greene and Summit, both being established as railroad stations on the New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad. The New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad (AAR reporting mark NH) was a railroad that operated in the northeast United States. ...


In the 20th century, the town went through much change. The advent of the automobile brought an end of the railroad (which was dismantled in the 1970s) and most of the old factories closed. In the late 20th century, many new people moved to Coventry, most of them being from the Providence area. These new comers moved because of the large amount of land available to build on. The eastern part of the town became suburbanized. Currently, there is a movement in the town to limit new homes in order to keep the rural flavor of the western part of the town.


Recreation

Coventry enjoys some of the best recreation facilities in Rhode Island. The town has youth sport leagues for football, basketball, baseball, and softball. Carbuncle Pond, off of Rt 14 (Plainfield Pike) near the Connecticut border, is a wonderful 39 acre pond that boasts some of the best freshwater fishing in the state. During fishing season, one can find many a fisherman casting lines into the pond. At the south end of the pond, is a wonderfully preserved railroad trestle, rising high up above the pond. For hikers and lovers of nature, the 860 acre George B Parker Woodland on Maple Valley road offers several trails to go hiking on. The trails make a great day trip for amateur hikers. The Woodland has an old forest, brooks, several old farm sites, an old quarry, and mysterious stone cairns. No one knows who created the cairns and it has been decided that it will remain a mystery, allowing visitors to decide for themselves who built them and why. The caretaker's home dates from the mid 18th century. The Woodland is owned by the Audubon Society of Rhode Island.


Recently, the town has been investing in the Coventry Greenway. The Coventry Greenway is a bike/hiking path using the old New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad route. The 15 mile long Greenway goes right through the middle of the town and it almost cuts the town into two equal paths. According to the town's website, 2.7 miles are now paved and plans are being made to pave more of the Greenway. Also, the Greenway will be connected to other Greenways in West Warwick and Sterling CT.


Villages

Coventry has a large number of old villages dating from the 19th century, they are:


Anthony - Mill village in the eastern part of town.


Greene - Old railroad village in the western end of town. Greene is a small village in the southwest corner of Coventry, Rhode Island. ...


Harris - Mill village in the northeastern part of town.


Hopkins Hollow - Rural hamlet in the southwestern part of town, almost unchanged in over 150 years.


Quidnick - Mill village on the border of West Warwick.


Rice City - Rural village in the northwestern part of town, dominated by Rice Tavern (1804), which used to serve travelers on their way to Connecticut.


Summit - Railroad village near Greene.


Washington - Mill village in the center of the town.


Demographics

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As of the census² of 2000, there were 33,668 people, 12,596 households, and 9,295 families residing in the town. The population density was 218.3/km² (565.5/mi²). There were 13,059 housing units at an average density of 84.7/km² (219.3/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.60% White, 0.39% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.56% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.31% from other races, and 0.97% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.14% of the population. 1870 US Census for New York City A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... The following is a list of sources used in the creation of encyclopedia articles on various geographic topics and locations, such as cities, counties, states, and countries. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 12,596 households out of which 34.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.4% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.2% were non-families. 21.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.07. This article or section needs copy editing for grammar, style, cohesion, tone and/or spelling. ...


In the town the population was spread out with 24.9% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 31.5% from 25 to 44, 24.0% from 45 to 64, and 13.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 93.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.6 males.


The median income for a household in the town was $51,987, and the median income for a family was $60,315. Males had a median income of $40,174 versus $29,357 for females. The per capita income for the town was $22,091. About 3.6% of families and 5.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.6% of those under age 18 and 7.0% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Noted people from Coventry

Categories: Stub | 1815 births | 1884 deaths | Governors of Rhode Island | United States Senators ... The United States Senate is the upper house of the U.S. Congress, smaller than the United States House of Representatives. ... For other uses, see Governor (disambiguation). ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... For the United States Supreme Court justice, please see Henry Baldwin. ... Charles Willson Peale painted a portrait of General Greene from life in 1783, which was then copied several times by C.W. Peale and his son, Rembrandt Peale. ... Desiree Washington (born 1973), a native of Coventry, Rhode Island, was an 18-year-old Miss Black America beauty pageant contestant representing her home state of Rhode Island when she was raped by boxer Mike Tyson in an Indianapolis, Indiana hotel room on July 19, 1991. ... The Miss Black America pageant is a competition for young Black American women in areas such as speech, talent, style, and poise — essentially the black version of the popular Miss America pageant. ... Michael Gerard Tyson, (born June 30, 1966) is a former American World Heavyweight boxing Champion. ...

References

    1. ^ (1963) Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607-1896. Marquis Who's Who. 

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Coventry, Rhode Island - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1304 words)
Coventry is a town in Kent County, Rhode Island, United States.
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The Coventry Greenway is a bike/hiking path using the old New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad route.
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