The southeastern corner of Rhode Island was originally inhabited by the Sakonnet tribe, led by Awashonks, a cousin of Metacomet (known as King Philip). The name means "the black goose comes." Tiverton and Little Compton were part of Massachusetts until 1747.
From Route 24 at the Sakonnet River Bridge, take Route 77 south for about 5¾ miles to reach historic Tiverton Four Corners, where you’ll find the 1730 Chase-Cory House. Continuing south to Little Compton you’ll pass rolling estates, lovely homes, farmlands, woods, and a gentle western shoreline. Consider a hike in Tiverton’s Weetamoo Woods or Little Compton’s Wilbour Woods. Options for dining and accommodations are rather limited in the area, though you will find it a pleasant afternoon drive from Newport or Bristol.