Westerly, Rhode Island, USA (Watch Hill) (Misquamicut) - 1819 - Westerly
Westerly is a maritime post township, situated in the southwest corner of the State, 36 miles southwest from Providence, and 35 west by south from Newport; bounded on the north by the Pawcatuck river and the town of Hopkinton, on the east by Charlestown, on the south by the Atlantic ocean, and on the west by the Pawcatuck river, which separates it from the State of Connecticut. Its extent is more than six miles east and west, and nearly the same north and south, comprising about 36 square miles.
This township, though not mountainous, is considerably rough and broken, the surface presenting primitive and somewhat rugged features. The soil, which is generally a gravelly loam, affords, as it respects the quality of it, most of the varieties from a fertile mould to a soil lean and sterile. In some sections of the town, barley is cultivated to advantage. Some Indian corn is also raised; but the staple agricultural product consists of cheese. The lands being in general best adapted to grazing, the dairy business is carried on extensively and to great advantage...
The population of this town, in 1810, was 1911; and there are 2 Religious Societies, 250 Dwelling houses and 4 Companies of Militia.
This town sends two representatives to the General Assembly.
Westerly was incorporated in 1669, being the first town incorporated in the State after the obtaining of the charter of Charles II, in 1663, and then embraced the whole extent of country which is now comprised in this town, Charlestown, Richmond and Hopkinton. These several towns have been set off and incorporated at different periods, which of course has greatly reduced the original territorial limits of this town.
A Gazetteer of the States of Connecticut and Rhode-Island: Written with Care and Impartiality, from Original and Authentic Materials : Consisting of Two Parts ... : with an Accurate and Improved Map of Each State
Authors John Chauncey Pease, John Milton Niles
Publisher W.S. Marsh, 1819
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