Burrillville (Rhode Island) As It Was and As It Is


This work was originally published in 1856 and has been re-typeset and indexed by Patricia A. Mehrtens for this volume. Writing in the comfortable narrative style for the mid-1800s, Mr. Keach moves easily from topic to topic with a flow of words that keeps the reader captivated. The northwestern Rhode Island town of Burrillville is examined from its founding, beginning with traces of the Indians in the area and the first white settlements; various points of its history are highlighted throughout the book, including: its participation in Shay's Rebellion, the formation of Glocester (from which Burrillville would later come), and the establishment of the new town’s council and some of its decisions. Other aspects of the town’s development are discussed, including education, transportation, temperance, industry, and religion. Slavery, women’s rights, and customs of food, dress, and shelter are touched upon. Some prominent residents of Burrillville are listed. The physical makeup of the town is also described. The section titled “The Present” explores how many aspects of the town, as discussed in the first part of the book, changed from the 18th to the 19th century. A supplement presents the town’s statistics, including land, livestock, buildings, manufacture, organizations, and religions. A short appendix presents the population. The original spellings and terminology used by the author have been maintained, providing a glimpse at the old ways of writing. The old legends and tales recounted in this work make it both fascinating and educational reading. An index to full names, places and subjects adds to the value of this work.

Horace A. Keach

(1991), 2023, 5½x8½, paper, index, 104 pp.

ISBN: 9781556135361