Named after King Charles II, Charlestown had previously been a part of Westerly until it was incorporated in 1738. The 37-square-mile town of about 7,800 people is centrally located between New London, Connecticut, and Providence, both a 40-minute drive. Approximately 20% of Charlestown is conservation and recreation land, including Burlingame State Park, Ninigret Wildlife Refuge, Ninigret Park, and East Beach. Its secluded
coastline makes the town a great spot for swimming, sailing, surfing, beachcombing, and boating. Charlestown is also home to the Narragansett Indian Tribe Reservation, which holds the oldest recorded annual powwow in North America every August.