Real Estate Agents in Westerly, RI
Why we ❤ Westerly…
As a real estate agent in Westerly, RI we’ve come to love so much of the town. Westerly is where we call Almost Home. (see what I did there)? There are so many different villages and attractions. Whether searching for the stars that live and vacation here, boating from one of the marinas or golfing at some of the finest courses, there are plenty of things to do. You can be in the middle of the hustle and bustle “in-town” and in just a few minutes you’re walking through the shops of Watch Hill or lounging on Misquamicut Beach. There are quite a few amazing restaurants throughout Westerly to satisfy just about any craving.
As a real estate agent in Westerly, RI, we pride ourselves on knowing our market wanted to give you an overview of this great place. We’d love to discuss it with you in person or even give you a personal tour.
A town on the southwestern shoreline of Washington County, Rhode Island, United States founded in 1669 by John Babcock. It is a beachfront community on the south shore of the state. The population was 22,787 at the 2010 census. On the western border of Westerly flows the Pawcatuck River, once renowned for its own species of Westerly salmon, three of which are on the town’s crest. The river flows from some fifteen miles (24 km) inland, emptying into Little Narragansett Bay. It also serves as the boundary between Westerly and Pawcatuck, Connecticut. Along the coast of Westerly lie salt ponds which serve as shallow reeflike pools whose outer walls form the long, white beaches for which the town became renowned. From west to east, these ponds are called Maschaug Pond, Winnapaug Pond, and Quonochontaug Pond. The town also has the fresh water lake Chapman’s Pond which is undergoing revitalization. A type of granite known as Westerly granite has long been quarried here. Westerly granite is ideal for statuary and has been used in numerous government buildings of several states along the eastern seaboard. The Westerly area was known for its granite and stone-cutting industry. Westerly becomes a large tourist attraction during the summer months, during which the population nearly doubles. From east to west, well-known beaches include Weekapaug Beach, Westerly Town Beach, Misquamicut State Beach, East Beach, and Watch Hill Beach. Almost Home has some of the BEST real estate agents in Westerly, RI and we look forward to welcoming you to town.
Westerly’s primary industries today are textiles and tourism, but the town was historically famous for its granite, quarried in at least two locations in Westerly: in Bradford and in Potter Hill.
Westerly was probably named for the settlement’s location respective to Rhode Island’s geography, being the westernmost town in the state. But there is also a possibility that the town got its name from the English village of Westerleigh, in the county of Gloucestershire. The English village was the home of one of Westerly’s founding fathers Elder John Crandall (c. 1612-76). Crandall settled in Westerly in 1661, and the early history of Westerly contains many references to him and his sons. The four trolley lines of the Groton and Stonington Street Railway, Norwich and Westerly Railway, Pawtucket Valley Street Railway, and the Ashaway and Westerly Railway converged in Westerly and shared track between the railroad station and Dixon House Square downtown. The lines were built in the 1890s and 1900s and ran until the 1920s. Physician, American Revolution general, and Rhode Island Supreme Court justice Dr. Joshua Babcock was born in Westerly, as was Chief Justice and Governor of Rhode Island Samuel Ward.
Due to its location, Westerly is vulnerable to tropical storms and hurricanes. Westerly was devastated in 1938, 1944, and 1954 by several major hurricanes. In 2012, Superstorm Sandy left beaches along the Westerly shoreline devastated and nearly unrecognizable, including Misquamicut. Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee stated that Misquamicut was “our New Jersey,” referring to the amount of damage that was received in the state of New Jersey.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a
total area of 74.8 square miles (193.8 km²), of which, 30.1 square miles (77.9 km²) of it is land and 44.7 square miles (115.8 km²) of it (59.78%) is water. Westerly sits atop a glacial moraine, a series of small hills of debris left behind by receding glaciers in the last Ice Age. A pristine sample of the moraine encompasses a 140-acre (0.57 km2) preserve owned in perpetuity by the Westerly Land Trust. Within the trust land are the rare “kettle” formations that extend out under the sea to Block Island.
Westerly consists of a number of small villages. Downtown Westerly on the Pawcatuck River is the municipal seat of the area, with the old town post office, library, YMCA, railroad station, former police headquarters (which is now located on Airport Road), granite buildings, and Wilcox Park. Other villages include Avondale (with antique colonial-style and Queen Anne-style homes), Bradford (with its own post office and postal code), Dunn’s Corners, Mastuxet, Misquamicut (a beachfront community with small amounts of nightlife and several hotels), Potter Hill (where the Town Forest is located), Shelter Harbor, Watch Hill (with its beaches and summer cottages), Weekapaug, White Rock, and Winnapaug (with its public golf courses). West’lyans normally identify themselves with the town, as opposed to the village in which they reside, except for Bradford, Shelter Harbor, Watch Hill, Weekapaug and White Rock. The town holds a number of annual events such as the Pawcatuck River Duck Race in April, Virtu Art Festival in May, Shakespeare in the Park and The Summer Pops (hosted by the Chorus of Westerly) in June, and Riverglow in July. In recent years, the Westerly-Pawcatuck Chamber of Commerce’s events have attracted many visitors, including Big Screen Movies on the Beach through July and August, Westerly’s Columbus Day Parade in October, and several beachfront events. The former granite mining and the stone-cutting industry is historically important. Its quarries produced blue granite, in addition to pinks and reds. The Smith Granite Company employed many granite cutting craftsmen and was one of the town’s major employers until the quarries stopped operating in the 1950s. Hundreds of examples of their work can be seen in the battlefields of Gettysburg and in city squares, municipal buildings, cemeteries throughout the United States, and even the Georgia State Capitol. Rich in history, as a real estate agent in Westerly, RI you learn to appreciate all that it has to offer.
The Guild Guitar Company was founded in 1952 by Alfred Dronge in New York City. They moved production to Westerly in 1967 and continued to make their well respected archtop, acoustic, and solid body guitars there until 1996, when they were bought by Fender Musical Instruments and production was moved to Corona, California. A number of figures from the history of sports were residents of Westerly. Former major league baseball manager (Philadelphia) Eddie Sawyer is from Westerly, as is former Washington Senators pitcher Dave Stenhouse. Frankie Frisch, player-manager of the St. Louis Cardinals’ famous “Gashouse Gang,” retired to and lived the remainder of his life in Westerly, and Elisson “Tarzan” Brown is from the Westerly area, one of the finest marathon runners in the world. Another famous resident is country pop singer Taylor Swift who maintains a beachfront estate in the Watch Hill area. We are real estate agents in Westerly, RI and we look forward to a new neighbor! Call us today for more information.