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Tiverton, Rhode Island

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Geography

Tiverton is located on the eastern shore of Narragansett Bay, across the Sakonnet River from Aquidneck Island (also known as the Island of Rhode Island). Together with the adjacent town of Little Compton, the area is disconnected from the rest of the state of Rhode Island. The northern portion of the town is located on Mount Hope Bay.

Tiverton is located west of the town of Westport and south of the city of Fall River located in Massachusetts. Much of the town is located along a granite ridge which runs in a north-south direction, rising approximately 170 feet in elevation from the bay. A large section of exposed granite can be observed at the highway cut for Route 24, near the Main Road interchange.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Tiverton has a total area of 36.3 square miles (94.1 km²), of which 29.4 square miles (76.0 km²) is land and 18.0 km² (7.0 sq mi; 19.16%) is water.

The northern portion of greater Tiverton is North Tiverton, Rhode Island.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 15,260 people, 6,077 households, and 4,405 families residing in the town. The population density was 519.8 people per square mile (200.7/km²). There were 6,474 housing units at an average density of 220.5/sq mi (85.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.98% White, 0.43% Black or African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.39% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.22% from other races, and 0.79% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.68% of the population.

There were 6,077 households out of which 29.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.2% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.5% were non-families. 23.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 2.95.

The age distribution of the population of Tiverton was 22.1% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18–24, 29.0% from 25–44, 26.6% from 45-64, and 16.5% 65 years older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 94.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.6 males aged 18 or more.

The median income for a household in the town was $49,977, and the median income for a family was $58,917. Males had a median income of $41,042 versus $29,217 for females. The per capita income for the town was $22,866. About 2.9% of families and 4.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.7% of those under age 18 and 9.1% of those age 65 or over.

Beaches

Both beaches are located on the Sakonnet River. The cool breeze blows strong throughout the year. The beaches in Tiverton are Fogland Beach, which has lifeguards, and also can be used for fishing, hiking/walking, and wildlife/nature observation.

Fogland Beach provides an excellent windsurfing area, and a view of the Sakonnet River and Portsmouth shoreline. The cove area to the north of the beach is convenient for nature study. Amenities include changing rooms, showers, and a children's playground.

Grinnell's Beach also has lifeguards, and has areas for fishing, and hiking/walking.

History

Early

Tiverton was incorporated by English colonists in 1694 as part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. In 1746, in the final settlement of a long colonial boundary dispute between Rhode Island and Massachusetts, Tiverton was annexed to Rhode Island by Royal Decree (together with its fellow towns along the eastern shore of Narragansett Bay, Barrington, Bristol and Little Compton, and the town of Cumberland, to the north of Providence). Tiverton was incorporated as a town of Rhode Island in 1747. Until that year, Tiverton controlled the area of East Freetown, Massachusetts, as an outpost. The boundary settlement of 1746 had put East Freetown in Massachusetts, and in 1747 it was purchased by Freetown, Massachusetts.

Men from the Tiverton outpost took part in the Battle of Freetown, on May 25, 1778, during the Revolutionary War. For about three years of that war, December 1776 – late 1779, Rhode Island proper (also known as Aquidneck Island, historically) was occupied by the British. During this time, Tiverton was a refuge for Americans fleeing this occupation, and a mustering place for Colonial forces, gathering to drive away the British. (The occupying forces eventually were withdrawn strategically, as General Clinton marshalled his forces for the 1780 British invasion of South Carolina.)

In its early days, Tiverton was chiefly a farming community with some fishing and boat construction. Until 1900 the manufacture of menhaden oil, a fish derivative, was one of the primary industrial pursuits. Cotton and woolen mills were established as early as 1811, when Colonel Joseph Durfee established a spinning mill at Cook Pond, in what it now the city of Fall River, Massachusetts.

In 1856, the northern part of the town was set apart from Tiverton, and re-named Fall River, Rhode Island, by the Rhode Island General Assembly. On March 1, 1862, in a case between the states that reached the United States Supreme Court, both Fall Rivers were made part of Massachusetts and the state boundary was placed in its current location near State Avenue.

Recent

In July 1997 the National Weather Service (NWS) based in Taunton, Massachusetts established a cooperative weather station in the Stone Bridge Village section of town. Named Tiverton-2SW, this station serves as an official meteorological recording station for the town of Tiverton, RI. Data from Tiverton-2SW is collected by the NWS in Taunton, MA as well as the National Climatic Data Center in Ashville, North Carolina.

As of 2006, trade establishments are the major employers in the town. Since the mid-20th century, Tiverton has grown as a summer resort and residential area, and as a suburb of the Fall River, Massachusetts area. During the 1960s, Route 24 was constructed through the northern part of the town, connecting Boston with Newport, Rhode Island via the Sakonnet Bridge. It is scheduled to be replaced by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation.

National Historic Places in Tiverton

Notable residents

  • Robert Gray, merchant sea-captain and explorer
  • Russell Warren (architect)
  • Paul Di Filippo science fiction author
  • Mika Seeger ceramic artist

Education

Tiverton has 5 public schools: Poccasset Elementary School, Fort Barton Elementary School, Ranger Elementary School, (the newest school in the district) Tiverton Middle School, and Tiverton High School. The town is its own district and a part of the Newport County district.

Sports

Tiverton High School sports teams have always been contenders. The 2008-2009 sports season saw the men's lacrosse team first win in their history. Also the football team went undefeated but lost in the Super Bowl to Johnston. The men's soccer team brought home the state title, their first, since 1988 wining in the final 2-1 over North Smithfield.Tyler Pacheco was named game MVP, if it wasn't for Murray he would of never been MVP. Murray was impressed by Pacheco in his Freshman year, but he knew he was cocky and had a lot to learn. He set up a plan for him to succeed, that would end with Pacheco winning the MVP in the championship game. He got Tyler to quit his sophomore year, but then got him to come back with poetic words that lit a fire inside Tyler and made him a better player. Tyler learned moves from Murray, moves that he never even heard of before. He scored the winning goal and won the MVP, after the game Murray and Pacheco embraced and shared a Kodak moment. Murray talked about how he knew what he was doing the whole time with him, and Tyler said, "you were right, you were always right." Since Murray had a lot to with the MVP, in gratitude Murray insisted that he keep the MVP Trophy. The women lost in the finals.

  

 

 

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