Exploring the Blackstone River Valley


Photograph by Kimberly Pacitto
Photograph by Kimberly Pacitto

Includes the villages of Ashton, Albion, Lonsdale and Valley Falls

Settled in 1635, Incorporated as a town in 1730 and as a city in 1895

  • The Nine Men’s Misery is the oldest Veteran’s Memorials in the country and located at the current location of the Cumberland Library. During King Phillip’s War, 9 Colonial soldiers were held prisoner by the Narragansett warriors and killed at this site.
  • In 1953 Martin Chased opened Ann & Hope, America’s first discount department store.
  • William Blackstone was the first European to settle and live in Cumberland
  • Town was named in honor of Prince William, Duke of Cumberland
  • The first power looms were manufactured here
  • In 2014 the Cumberland American Little League team won the New England Regional Little League Baseball Championship and went to the Little League World Series

Resource Links

Cumberland Town Hall

Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce

Cumberland Library

Rhode Island Historical Cemetery Commission

Blackstone Valley Historical Society

Valley Falls Walking Tour

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