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Exploring the Blackstone River Valley

Glocester

Includes Chepachet, Harmony and West Glocester

Settled in 1639, Incorporated in 1731

  • The second elephant to arrive in the United States, Betty, the Learned Elephant, was murdered during a parade in Chepachet in 1826
  • Home to the Ancients and Horribles Parade, occurring every Independence Day since 1926
  • From 1841 to 1842 Thomas Wilson Dorr led the Dorr Rebellion in an attempt to change the State’s electoral rules in favor of the less fortunate
  • Durfee Hill in Glocester is 804 feet, making it the second highest point in Rhode Island
  • Glocester voted to changed the spelling of the town from Gloucester to Glocester in order to avoid confusion with the town of Gloucester, MA

Resource Links

Glocester Town Hall

Glocester Historical Society

Chepachet Walking Tour

Glocester Library

Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce

Harmony Public Library

Rhode Island Historical Cemetery Commission

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