The Woonsocket Post Office,
(Woonsocket Township, Providence County)
was established on May 8, 1874 under Postmaster Stephen H. Brown. The Post Office was
formerly known as Woonsocket Falls; established on
December 13, 1827 under Postmaster Daniel A. Daniels.
This Post Office is currently in operation under Postmaster
Ronald R. Poulin appointed on February 22, 2003.
Woonsocket is the
6th largest city in Rhode Island and borders on
the state of Massachusetts to the north. Up until 2000,
the population was made up of mostly French ancestry, but after that
year the population changed to a majority with Italian ancestry.
constructed the first sawmill on the Blackstone
River in 1660, which was followed by an influx
of colonists. Beginning in the 19th century, the Textile Industry
took root in the area peaking shortly after World War I. The villages
of Bernon, Globe, Hamlet,
Jenckesville, Social, and Woonsocket
Falls were built during this period eventually joining
together to form the city of Woonsocket. During the
early 1900s, many French Canadians immigrated to the
area and as noted above, citizens of French and Italian ancestry
The city is located along both
banks of the Blackstone River with the old village of
Woonsocket Falls as it's municipal center giving the city
the unusual feature of having a waterfall in it's
center. The textile industry in Rhode Island and in Woonsocket has
declined in later years leading to a worsening economy in the area.
After Richard Arnold's sawmill
was completed, his sons John and Richard Jr. along with their Aunt
Elizabeth were among the first to settle in the area of what is now
known as North Smithfield. John settled in Woonsocket in 1712 and
built a home on Providence Street which still stands today and is on
the National Register of Historic Homes. It is the oldest surviving
building in the city.