The Woonsocket Post
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.
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 predominated.
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.