Warwick Heritage Trail

Stretching from upper Narragansett Bay to the western hills and countryside of Rhode Island, the Warwick & the West Bay area is steeped in New England history and tradition. On this trail you'll find great examples of 17th, 18th and 19th century architecture, as well as a 21st century shoppers paradise, with one of the largest concentrations of retails stores in the region.

John Waterman Arnold House
Home to the Warwick Historical Society. The building itself is a two-story clapboard structure with many of the characteristics of late 1700s architecture including it's fireplace, paneling, paneled doors and beehive oven. Research Library is open year-round Wed. 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. 25 Roger Williams Circle, Warwick ; 401-467-7647

John Waterman Arnold House

Joy Homestead
This colonial gambrel was completed in 1774 and was the first home of the Cranston Historical Society. No longer the organizations headquarters the homestead now serves as a background for teaching elementary children about life as it was in the 1770s. Hours by appointment only. 156 Scituate Ave., Cranston ; 401-463-6168

The Governor Sprague Mansion
Former home of politically and financially prominent Sprague family. Birthplace of two Rhode Island governors and current headquarters of Cranston Historical Society. Twenty-eight room, 2 1/2-story house built in 1790; addition, 1864. Carrington collection of Oriental art objects. Hours by appointment only. 1353 Cranston St., Cranston ; 401-944-9226; www.cranstonhistoricalsociety.org

The Governor Sprague Mansion

Clouds Hill Farm
An opulent Victorian home that has remained relatively unchanged from the time the present owner's great grandmother received it as a wedding gift over one hundred years ago. Experience the estates' exquisite wood carvings, ornate veranda, etched glass, European and Egyptian décor and spectacular ocean vistas. Post Rd., Warwick ; 401-884-4550

Clemence-Irons House
One story, lofted cottage, represents one of less than half a dozen surviving stone-enders in Rhode Island. This type of 17th century architecture is unique to Rhode Island. Extensively restored in the 1940s by architect and historic preservation pioneer Norman Isham. Mid-Jun.-Oct. and by special appointment. 38 George Waterman Rd., Johnston. 781-897-4882 x237; www.historicnewengland.org

Area Map

Trail Information

Warwick City Hall
3275 Post Road
Warwick, Rhode Island

Shutterbug

Great spots for snapshots. Best view and photo opportunities for sunrise at

Off the Trail

Great side trips for outdoor fun:

  • Goddard Park - horseback, hiking, golf, picnic, swim - also view a variety of trees from all over the world including 62 deciduous and 10 evergreen species. www.riparks.com/goddard.htm
Arts and Antiques

Side trips for that one-of-a-kind find

  • Pontiac Mills artisan studios and antique shops -many one of a kind finds. www.visitwarwickri.com
  • Museum of Art - dedicated to visual art and cultural enhancement featuring assorted works of art, poetry, music and theatre. www.warwickmuseum.org
Taste Buds

Tasty tips along the trail. Local favorites:

  • Doughboys - a deep fried dough delicacy sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon
  • Home-made local ice cream - all natural whipped flavors
  • Famous for: fresh seafood and waterfront dining
Shopping Bag

Here are some tips on shopping along the trail.

  • Garden City, Cranston - open air upscale fashion and lifestyle shopping - over 70 stores www.gardencitycenter.com
  • Rte. 2 shopping mecca, Warwick - over 200 retail stores in a 3 mile stretch
Trail Mix

Did you know.

  • Pawtuxet Village is one of New England's oldest villages - established in 1642
  • The first shot fired of the American Revolution was against the revenue schooner Gaspee in 1772 off the Warwick coast.
  • President Abe Lincoln dedicated the Mill Tower at historic Pontiac Mills in 1863
Curtain Call

Top off the day with an outstanding performance along the trail: