Originally incorporated in 1674 as Kings Town, this rural community was the site of the Great Swamp Fight in 1675, the battle in which Colonial soldiers gave King Philip his greatest defeat. Almost a third of South Kingstown’s 57 square miles is protected open space. There are two beaches, three rivers, and several salt ponds, making it a great place for fishing and boating. The town of about 30,000 people claims a total
of 14 distinct villages, including Wakefield, Snug Harbor, Matunuck, and Kingston, home of the University of Rhode Island.