A driving tour along Rhode Island Sound's Coastal Villages Trail (Map) will offer many antique shops for the treasures of the china Trade..
In the mid section of the Coastal Villages Trail trail you pass through the farm stands and antique shops of Little Compton to the wine country of Westport MA.
Head north of the trail to the Battleship Cove Museum and an array of WW II, steel-hulled warships.
Head south from Westport through the tiny settlement of Westport Point where the sea captains and boat builders of the 1840s built their mansions and salt box retreats.
These old buildings have become antique shops, art galleries, farm stands, wine tasting vineyards, and historic museum homes along the Coastal Villages Trail,
Coastal Villages Trail's Little Compton Commons is a New England village square forgotten by time. The juncture of three old country roads retains the flavor of the old New England seacoast whaling villages and farming communities that lived to fish, to farm, and to pray on Sunday; the common’s white clapboard church, the tallest building in town, looms over the center of the green surrounded by old gravestones wreathed in a patina of lichen beneath shading maples.
The Coastal villages Trail leads from the commons to the west branch of the Westport River and then north paralleling the river to Adamsville.
This area, according to legend, was the, "Valley of Sin" because rum runners once rowed up the estuary in the dark of night to deliver illegal whisky near the gristmill.
Lamplights line the street where two general stores, the Barn Restaurant, and several gift shops surround the plaque to the crowing rights for Adamsville, the region’s development of the Rhode Island Red, a variety of rooster world renown commemorated with a bronze plaque in front of the baseball park.
Further on the Coastal villages Trail, the Westport Rivers Vineyard and Winery conducts tours of the processing rooms and a tasting gathered around their herb garden.
The rolling hills bathed in coastal mist from Rhode Island Sound have a climate akin to that of northern France and produce some fine still and sparkling white wines.
Nearby in the fishing port of Westport Point you can see antique houses like the house of Stephen Davis, 1770, once a designer of ship hulls, John Head, 1776, builder of colonial homes, and Gideon Davis an 1827 Captain of a whaling square rigger.
The preserved homes of the 19th Century seafarers line the narrow main street terminating at the docks from where the whalers once sailed the world and now lobstermen and gill-netters coax a living from the sea.
Nearby find the Horseneck Beach bike trails and campgrounds. Horseneck Beach State Park
Karla Young's Farm Stand
Allen “Pappy” Manley and wife Nancy run the Alderbrook farm, a family operation since 1898.
To the west, Fall River attracts travelers with its factory outlets
The outlet malls occupy old textile mill buildings.
In the same area find the steel-hulled warships at the floating Museum of Battleship Cove. There you can tour the Battleship Massachusetts, the Submarine Lionfish, the Destroyer J P Kennedy, two PT boats, and a Russian guided-missile cruiser.
Along the coastal roads of Little Compton in the mid 1800s the Sea Captains of the China trade and the whaling industry built their homes.
The homes where the Sea Captains lived along the Coastal Villages Trail are now museums and galleries but the villages such as Little Compton have retained their antique feel.
Ice cream shops, antique galleries, and wineries on the Coastal Villages Trail
Coastal Villages Trail
Karla Young cuts flowers for her farm stand in Little Compton Rhode Island
Triverton’s Four Corners offers a cluster of 30 art and craft galleries, a gourmet bakery, ample parking in the back of the shops and Grays ice cream stand.
Further along Karla Young runs Young’s Family Farm on Route 71 in Little Compton where you can find fresh fruit and vegetables from the 180 acre farm that she and husband Tyler run. .
Little Compton Commons
Coastal Villages Trail, Rhode Island, Little Compton, Battleship Cove
Rhode Island's Coastal Villages Trail, Little Compton
Battleship Cove Fall River
Horseneck Beach camping
Getting to The Coastal Villages Trail: Boston is the nearest large city to The area along Rhode Island Sound and the coastal Villages Trail.
Air service reaches Boston from other major hubs and cities. Rental cars are available at the airport. From Boston take Route 93 to Route 24. to Newport Rhode Island 73 miles.
Battleship Cove Fall River
From the south, New York City is a 130 mile drive on Route I-95 north to Providence.
Air service reaches Boston from other major hubs and cities. Rental cars are available at the airport.
Airlines serve Providence RI (Warwick RI. (PVD) TF Green Airport) and Hartford Conn. (BDL) Bradley International Airport, smaller cities closer to Newport than Boston or NY
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The Coastal Villages Trail near Little Compton RI offers vineyards for wine tasting, art and antique galleries, farm stands, and proximity to the Battleship Cave Museum. Camping at Horseneck Beach completes this family road tour on coastal Rhode Island.
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