Westerly, Rhode Island

Westerly, Rhode Island

Westerly, RI

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Charming Westerly embodies the best of small-town America. Situated along the Pawcatuck River, it was named one of the "Dozen Most Distinctive Destinations" by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. This quaint village thrives year round as the cultural heart of the community. More than 55 buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and many have been beautifully restored. They're home to an eclectic mix of retailers and restaurants. We're extremely proud that each is independently owned and operated and provides a personal experience. An incredible renaissance is taking place. The nightlife is lively, and special events such as River Glow, the Pawcatuck River Duck Race and a folk festival create community pride and boost tourism. We boast 4 season fun including an outdoor skating rink on Main Street and a terrific park for snow sledding! A Farmers Market and movies in Wilcox Park also contribute to a wonderful quality of life. Westerly was named one of the "100 Best Small Arts Communities in the Country". Many factors contributed to that designation, including Virtu Art Festival, Shakespeare in the Park and Summer Pops. The Chorus of Westerly and Colonial Theatre host live performances year round and the United Theatre is undergoing a multi-million dollar restoration. A tax-free artist zone encourages the creation and sale of works of art. Studios and galleries open in tandem monthly to showcase their works during First Friday events. The combined impact of these initiatives has defined the arts as a cornerstone to our economic success. With beautiful flower boxes, an expanding Wayfinding sign program, and plans for a pedestrian bridge and gateway arch, there is a positive momentum and palpable optimism that exists. Westerly has a soul and an unparalleled spirit of volunteerism. Please visit and discover its allure for yourself.