A IS FOR AGRICULTURE, AMISH, ARCHAEOLOGY, & ART
Rhode Island does not have any Amish Communities but it does have an Amish furniture presence. The Amish way of life largely revolves around working and socializing together as a family and community.
Rhode Island has several Archaeology sites. On Block Island, archaeologists discovered the remains of an Indian village dating from 2000 B.C., the oldest year-round village known in southern New England. The Salt Pond Archaeological Site contains the remains of a large coastal village dating from 1250. The state has a Marine Archaeology Project. The Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission has identified more than 2,000 sites throughout the state and is responsible for monitoring all archaeological explorations of state-owned land and water.
Rhode Island has many ART Galleries and Art Museums and Centers. Several Art Festivals are held during the year. The State Council on Arts is charged by the state legislature to stimulate public interest and participation in the arts and to serve as the liaison to the state arts community. The Rhode Island School of Design is one of the oldest and best-known colleges of art and design in the country. The Crescent Park Carousel in East Providence is the official state symbol of folk art.
Rhode Island has several hundred species of
BIRDS. Bird watching is popular. There are
Birding Hot spots and
Birding Trails. The
Norman Bird Sanctuary in Middletown has a Visitor's Center and gift shop, and a 19th Century Barn Museum featuring displays about the wildlife. The State Bird is the
Rhode Island Red.
Rhode Island has a variety of
BRIDGES including a number of
covered bridges. The
Swamp Meadow Covered Bridge in Foster is the only remaining covered bridge on a public road in the state. The
Division Street Bridge is an historic roadway and sidewalk stone arch bridge in Pawtucket built in 1875-1877.
Some of the bridges are on the
National Register of Historic Places in Rhode Island.
Rhode Island has a variety of BRIDGES including a number of covered bridges. The Swamp Meadow Covered Bridge in Foster is the only remaining covered bridge on a public road in the state. The Division Street Bridge is an historic roadway and sidewalk stone arch bridge in Pawtucket built in 1875-1877. Some of the bridges are on the National Register of Historic Places in Rhode Island.
Rhode Island has all forms of COMMUNICATION including newspapers, magazine, radio, and television. The state is one of only a few states with only 1 Area Code - 401. Rhode Island has several Internet Service Providers and Webcams are located throughout the state.
Rhode Island has 5 counties The term "county" is used in 48 of the 50 states for the level of government below the state government. Bristol is the smallest county in size and population and Providence is the largest county in size and population.
Rhode Island only has a small selection of fossil animals because vast stretches of geologic time are missing from its geologic time record. There is evidence that small prehistoric amphibians roamed the state during the later Paleozoic Era and preserved amphibian footprints have been discovered. Trilobites are some of the most common animals in the fossil record and some preserved trilobites can be found in Rhode Island sediments. Fossil deposits in the state contain an unusual amount of prehistoric insects. During the Carboniferous Period, the state was home to a variety of Arthropods. The Anthracomartus was the first Carboniferous arachnid ever found in the eastern United States. CLICK HERE for dinosaur coloring pages.
The Rhode Island Department of Education provides information for public education. Every child who has completed or will have completed 6 years on or before September 1 of any school year and has not completed 18 years is required to regularly attend some public day school during all the days and hours that the public schools are in session in the city or town in which the child resides. Rhode Island also has Private Schools and Home Schooling is popular. Portsmouth is home to the oldest schoolhouse in the country. The school was built in 1716. Schoolbug and Great Schools provide information about public schools in the state.
A variety of EVENTS are held in Rhode Island. The state celebrates Public Holidays and other holidays including VJ Day. The State Fair is held in Washington County. Since 1785 Bristol has the longest running, unbroken series of 4th of July Independence Day observances in the country. Several Festivals are held throughout the state.
The State FLAG is much the same flag that was adopted in 1897. Centered on the white field is an anchor surrounded by 13 stars. Below the Anchor is a blue ribbon that displays the word "HOPE", the state motto. Several Municipalities and Counties have their own flag.
The first FOOD in Rhode Island was Native American food and cooking methods were adopted by early immigrants. Puritan settlers brought with them a variety of food including roast duck and roast goose, lamb, and hams which were brought to the New World as farmyard stock. Colonial food was varied and abundant. Rhode Island is known for Rhode Island clam chowder, quahogs (hard clams), johnny cakes, milkshakes known as "cabinets", celery salt, grinders, pizza strips, clam cakes, the chow mein sandwich, and Del's Frozen Lemonade. Rhode Island has Food Festival, Events, & Shows. The state has a variety of unique Food. The State Appetizer is Calamari and Coffee Milk is the State Drink. The Johnson and Wales University in Providence is one of the premier culinary schools in the country.
Rhode Island has had many FORTS. Most of them have been destroyed but a few of the forts have monuments or been made into parks and there are 4 Colonial Forts. During the Civil War, Fort Adams was used temporarily as the United States Naval Academy. In 1953, the Army gave Fort Adams to the Navy, which still uses some of the grounds for family housing. In 1965, the fort was given to the state for use as Fort Adams State Park. In 1976, the fort was declared a National Historic Landmark. In 1994, the Fort Adams Trust was formed, which provides guided tours at the fort. President Dwight D. Eisenhower lived at the former commanding officer's quarters during his summer vacations in Newport in 1958 and 1960.
The GLOBAL POSITION of Rhode Island is approximately 41 degrees latitude north and 71 degrees longitude west. The geographic center is in Kent County. The topography of the state ranges from sea level to 1,200 ft.The highest point is Jerimoth Hill and the lowest point is the Atlantic Ocean. Geocaching is a high-tech sport using a Global Positioning Finder and the state has many Geocaches.
The HISTORY of Rhode Island dates back to the time it was inhabited by Native Americans. The state was one of the original 13 original colonies. Rhode Island was involved in the Revolutionary War. It was also involved in the Civil War where it was represented at the Battle of Gettysburg. The state has many History Museums.Rhode Island participates in National History Day.
Rhode Island has a variety of INSECTS and bugs including many butterflies and moths and dragonflies and damselflies. Other insects include Beetlesand grasshoppers and crickets. There are also Bees and Wasps and True Bugs. Beekeeping is popular and there are many Beekeeper Associations. The largest bug in the world is a big blue termite is on the roof of New England Pest Control in Providence.
Rhode Island has many ISLANDS. Some of them are on the U.S. list of Island because they have a ham radio. Aquidneck Island is the largest island in Narragansett Bay. Three islands make up the Narragansett Bay Reserve.
The JUDICIAL System is the system of courts that interprets and applies the law in the name of the state. The Rhode Island Judicial System is made up of the Supreme Court, Superior Court, Family Court, District Court, Worker's Compensation Court, and Rhode Island Traffic tribune.
Many aspects of life in Rhode Island focus on KIDS and the state has a special KidsZone. Fun For Kids has information about special places in the state kids enjoy. NOAA has a special page for kids. Agriculture in the Classroom has a Kids Page.
Public LIBRARIES are located throughout Rhode Island. The State Library is in Providence. The state Poet Laureate is stepping down and a new one will be elected. Rhode Island celebrates National Poetry Month. The Redwood Library and Athenaeum in Newport is the oldest library building in the country.
Rhode Island does not have any mountains but there are very tall hills. Jerimoth Hill is the name of the highest natural point in the state. It was once one of the most controversial U.S. highpoints due to property complications, but it is now accessible to the public 7 days a week 8AM to 4PM. Rock Climbing is a popular activity.
Rhode Island has a variety of MUSEUMS. The Providence Children's museum has exhibits, play stations, and activities for kids. The Quonset Air Museum is an educational facility whose current mission is to preserve and interpret the aviation heritage of Rhode Island.
Rhode Island has 3 OBSERVATORIES and 2 planetariums. It also has an astronomy club - Skyscrapers, Inc. a group of amateur astronomers who share a love of the sky. No meteorites have been found in Rhode Island. The state participates in National Astronomy Day.
Over one million PEOPLE live in Rhode Island and they are called Rhode Islanders. Many famous people have called the state their home including athletes, Business People, Entertainers, Journalists, Authors & Composers, Military Men, Politicians, and Scientists.
Rhode Island has a variety of REPTILES including several species of snakes, and turtles. It also has frogs and toads, and there is a Frog Watch Program. The state is part of the Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Program.
Rhode Island has many RIVERS and all eventually empty into the Atlantic Ocean. The major rivers are the Pawcatuck, the Potowomut, the Providence, and the Sakonnet which is the longest river in the state.
Rhode Island has all forms of TRANSPORTATION. The Department of Transportation is responsible for more than 1,100 miles of roads, approximately 800 bridges, and has an adopt-a highway program. In celebration of its 50th birthday in 2002, Matchbox cars issued a vehicle for each state. The vehicle for Rhode Island was the Land Rover Freelander. A variety of special License Plates are available. Click HERE for road and highway conditions in Rhode Island.
Rhode Island has many species of TREES. The state has a Champion Tree Program and celebrates Arbor Day. The state tree is the Red Maple. Rhode Island has 3 State Forests. The Oakland Forest and Meadow Trail is a pedestrian only trail providing access to an old growth American Beech tree forest and meadow.
Four ships have been named USS Rhode Island. The 1st ship, the USS Rhode Island (1861), was a side-wheel steamer commissioned for the Union Navy. The 2nd ship, the USS Rhode Island (BB-17), was a Virginia-class battleship. The 3rd ship, the USS Rhode Island (SSBN-740), is an Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine and has been in commission since 1994. The SS Rhode Island was a 6096 ton Freighter built in Bath Maine in 1917. The ship was renamed a number of times due to ownership changes. Names include SS Woonsocket, SS Makiki during WWII serving convoy duty to England, and finally Rio charres in 1952 in Panama.
There is evidence that at one time Rhode Island had active VOLCANOES. All of Rhode Island was part of a volcanic micro-continent called Avalonia, which formed south of the equator more than 565 million years ago. About 350 million years ago, North America and North Africa collided as part of the formation of a supercontinent, Pangaea. The layers of shale and coal that are common in the Narraganset Bay area were formed during this period.
The WEATHER in Rhode Island weather is highly changeable with storms and hurricanes an occasional threat. The winters are cold winters and the summers are short. The current weather is provided by Weather Underground and NOAA. The state is working on solutions for Climate Change.
Rhode Island has a variety of WILDLIFE. The number of Beavers continue to grow and are now found in seven watersheds. Sightings of Coyotes are common in urban areas. Black Bears have been spotted in management areas and forested habitat. Beavers, coyotes, fisher cats and minks are trapped for their pelts along with raccoons, skunks, foxes, opossums and weasels. The Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge is made up of 5 refuges. Rhode Island is part of the Wildlife Protection Program. It also has a Wildlife Action Plan.
The Roger Williams Park Zoo is one of the oldest ZOOS in the country. The zoo has unique animals of the world roaming through a natural setting with areas divided by geographical location. The Newport Aquarium has exhibits and species of Narragansett Bay.