Quaint New England towns with no traffic lights in the
business district usually pique our interest, giving us the "green
light" to explore the area.
Little Compton, Rhode Island: A Peaceful
Small New England Town That Hasn't Changed Much At All
Church and cemetery in downtown Little Compton.
by Eric J. Hurwitz. Article updated on Aug. 19, 2017.
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In an increasingly developed commercial, residential and industrial New
England, how refreshing it is to discover relatively unspoiled
communities like Little Compton, R.I. With a pretty town common (rare in Rhode Island),
cemetery, a few stores and fueled by peace and solitude, Little Compton
never subscribed to the expanding suburban way of life. It is
very quiet here, a true small town wonder.
“We like to keep it little,” said Richard Sisson, of Little Compton.
“It’s a beautiful place.”
The lifelong resident who owns a lawn and garden business added, “We
like a quiet place. There are no traffic jams, no stop lights, no
Walmart. We don’t want to be known as Newport.”
As part of what is known as the FarmCoast region, Little Compton
wonderfully combines the sea with farm land...
Flowers, farm land at the coast.
The outskirts like Sakonnet Point, at the end of Route 77, afford
beautiful views of the ocean...
Sakonnet Point in Little Compton.
A nice, off-the-beaten path swimming beach can be found at South Shore
Beach (125 South Shore Rd., and open to non-residents for a fee)...
South Shore Beach.
Fishing on a cooler day at South Shore Beach.
Plant life perfectly co-exists with the sea...
A beautiful scene near Sakonnet Point.
When visiting the blink-of-an-eye downtown, we
recommend getting out of your car and walking this charming small
neighborhood. You'll find the old-fashioned C.W.
Wilbur General Store (50 Commons, 401-635-2356) with a retail shop,
supermarket and deli counter.
A classic, historic New England general store, the Wilbur General
dates back to 1893 and remains, to this very day, the "anchor store" of
tiny yet beautiful Little Compton...
Wilbur General Store in Little Compton.
The Commons Lunch Restaurant (48 Commons 401-635-4388) is a local gem where
everyone seems to know each other. The Commons — open for breakfast and
lunch — is famous for its delicious johnnycakes. A Rhode Island
culinary staple dating back to colonial New England, johnnycakes have a
distant relation to pancakes but could be described better as a
The Commons Lunch restaurant is a local landmark in Little Compton.
Johnnycakes with bacon and eggs from The Commons Lunch.
Also definitely worth checking out: Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyards (162
West Main Road, 800-919-4637) has its business roots going back to 1975
and offers tours and daily tastings, as well as “international
award-winning wines” for sale in an idyllic vineyard setting.
There might not be a lot to do in Little Compton, but that's the point.
In this beautiful small town, you can get back to a way of life that we
once knew before the bombast of expanding suburbia became commonplace.
So, if you like virtually unchanged New England destinations, Little
Compton comes up big!
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Town common in Little Compton.
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