Charlestown was actually originally part of the town of Westerly, which means that it is located on the far western side of the state in Washington County. As of the 2010 census it has a population of approximately seven thousand individuals, which means it is one of the least populated areas of the state. Charlestown is a great place to go if you’re looking to enjoy some nature that is farther from the big city as compared to many other places in New England. Rhode Island in particular can feel a little bit cramped, due to the act that the state is so small and Providence dominates a lot of the local culture. For a look at Rhode Island that is entirely separate from Providence and a little more natural in scope than the rest of the state, Charlestown is a great place to visit.
One thing to keep in mind is that nearly thirty percent of the land that Charlestown encompasses is water. This means that Charlestown is a great place to get out a boat and go fishing or sailing – for those who would enjoy a boating activity that is away from the waters of the Atlantic, Charlestown offers a slightly different environment in which to enjoy these activities. There is also an observatory and a wildlife refuge in Charlestown, which are great points of interest for those who are interested in the flora, fauna, and astronomy of the East Coast. The headquarters of the Narragansett Indian Tribe are located in Charlestown, which adds another interesting dynamic to the region as a whole.
If you happen to be in Charlestown during the warmer months, check out the many festivals and fairs that are held about seafood. Charlestown is known for its fishing industry and the food at these fairs is good enough to attract revelers from neighboring states and even regions. If New England makes you think of delicious seafood, then Charlestown is the place to be! The biggest fair tends to take place during the first week of August, so be sure not to miss it if you happen to be in New England during this time. Your taste buds will thank you.