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Glocester, Rhode Island

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Glocester is a town in Providence County, Rhode Island, United States The population was 9,746 as of the 2010 census The villages of Chepachet and Harmony are in Glocester Putnam Pike US Route 44 runs through the center of Glocester into Connecticut


  • 1 History
  • 2 Geography
  • 3 Demographics
  • 4 Education
  • 5 Notable people
  • 6 National Historic Sites in Glocester
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links


Glocester was originally named Gloucester for Henry Stuart, Duke of Gloucester3 The Town of Gloucester was part of Providence until 1731 when it became an independent town4 North Glocester was incorporated as the separate town of Burrillville in 1806 At the same time the residents of Gloucester voted to change the spelling of the town to Glocester to differentiate it from Gloucester, Massachusetts Glocester is an ancient variant spelling of Gloucester

During the American Revolution, Loyalists from Newport were exiled in Glocester to Stephen Keach's farm, including Thomas Vernon, a Tory from Newport, who described Glocester residents in 1776 as:

inclined much to talk of libertyIt is amazing what false and erroneous opinions and ideas these people have entertainedThe religion of the people of this town consists entirely of New Light Baptists The custom of Dipping is much in vogue in this and the neighboring towns5

Samuel Willard physician made rounds on Smallpox victims in North Glocester, during the late 18th century6

The Dorr Rebellion began in Glocester in 1841

Since 1927 the Ancient and Horribles Parade has been an annual Fourth of July tradition in Chepachet, where residents create traditional and satirical political floats

See also "Foster, Rhode Island: History" for further information


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 568 square miles 147 km2, of which 548 square miles 142 km2 is land and 20 square miles 52 km2 355% is water


Historical population
1790 4,025
1800 4,009 −04%
1810 2,310 −424%
1820 2,504 84%
1830 2,521 07%
1840 2,304 −86%
1850 2,872 247%
1860 2,427 −155%
1870 2,385 −17%
1880 2,250 −57%
1890 2,095 −69%
1900 1,402 −331%
1910 1,404 01%
1920 1,389 −11%
1930 1,693 219%
1940 2,099 240%
1950 2,682 278%
1960 3,397 267%
1970 5,160 519%
1980 7,550 463%
1990 9,227 222%
2000 9,948 78%
2010 9,746 −20%
Est 2015 9,994 25%
US Decennial Census89

As of the census1 of 2000, there were 9,948 people, 3,559 households, and 2,818 families residing in the town The population density was 1815 people per square mile 701/km² There were 3,786 housing units at an average density of 691 per square mile 267/km² The racial makeup of the town was 9848% White, 034% African American, 015% Native American, 024% Asian, 010% from other races, and 068% from two or more races Hispanic or Latino of any race were 065% of the population

There were 3,559 households out of which 380% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 664% were married couples living together, 86% had a female householder with no husband present, and 208% were non-families 158% of all households were made up of individuals and 60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older The average household size was 280 and the average family size was 314

In the town, the population was spread out with 268% under the age of 18, 64% from 18 to 24, 316% from 25 to 44, 261% from 45 to 64, and 92% who were 65 years of age or older The median age was 38 years For every 100 females there were 1000 males For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 956 males

The median income for a household in the town was $57,537, and the median income for a family was $62,679 Males had a median income of $39,112 versus $29,071 for females The per capita income for the town was $22,914 About 34% of families and 44% of the population were below the poverty line, including 64% of those under age 18 and 19% of those age 65 or over


Glocester is the home to both West Glocester Elementary School in West Glocester and the Fogarty Memorial School in Harmony Students of both would attend both Ponaganset Middle School and Ponaganset High School for secondary education

Notable peopleedit

  • Arthur Steere, businessman and Rhode Island state senator; born in Glocester
  • Charles J Fogarty, Rhode Island state senator and 67th Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island; lived in Glocester
  • Charles H Page, Rhode Island politician; born in Glocester

National Historic Sites in Glocesteredit

Harmony Chapel Cemetery on Route 44 around the start of the 20th century
  • Chepachet Village Historic District
  • Cherry Valley Archeological Site, RI-279
  • Glocester Town Pound 1748
  • Harmony Chapel and Cemetery 1816
  • Manton-Hunt-Farnum Farm 1793
  • Rhode Island portal


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder" United States Census Bureau Archived from the original on 2013-09-11 Retrieved 2008-01-31 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names" United States Geological Survey 2007-10-25 Retrieved 2008-01-31 
  3. ^ Dictionary of world place names derived from British names, by Adrian Room, Edition: illustrated, Published by Taylor & Francis, 1989, pg 68 ISBN 0-415-02811-6, ISBN 978-0-415-02811-0
  4. ^ Elizabeth A Perry, A brief history of the town of Glocester, Rhode Island Providence Press Co, Printers, 1886
  5. ^ Diary of Thomas Vernon pgs 9, 26
  6. ^ Backofen, Walter A 2001 Elias Frost, MD, and his strategy for being remembered p 6 OCLC: 58438763 
  7. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015" Archived from the original on July 14, 2016 Retrieved July 2, 2016 
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing" Censusgov Archived from the original on May 12, 2015 Retrieved June 4, 2016 
  9. ^ Snow, Edwin M 1867 Report upon the Census of Rhode Island 1865 Providence, RI: Providence Press Company 

External linksedit

  • Town of Glocester website
  • Chepachet Fire Department
  • Glocester Heritage Society
  • Glocester Libraries, Chepachet
  • Harmony Library, Harmony

Coordinates: 41°53′27″N 71°41′26″W / 41890833°N 71690556°W / 41890833; -71690556

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