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About Rhode Island


Rhode Island is the smallest state in the United States of America, tucked between Massachusetts and Connecticut in New England. Nonetheless, it has over 400 miles of coastline, courtesy of Narragansett Bay and islands such as Aquidneck Island, home to Newport, the "City by the Sea".

In historical perspective, tiny Rhode Island is actually the state that instigated the Revolutionary War when it denied any attachment to the British Crown. Oddly enough and counter to historical trends, the Ku Klux Klan posed a significant threat in the state following the Civil War. The huge influx of immigrants through all Northeast ports also drove their ire.

Economically Rhode Island is not capable of keeping up with other state productivity levels, but they have become known for healthcare. CVS, the pharmacy giant, makes its home in Rhode Island as does Amica Mutual Insurance.

Newport is one of the most popular destinations for tourists. The city, located on Aquidneck Island, is a collection of downright magnificent mansions. The properties remain largely privately owned. The stately mansions were built by the wealthy from both the south and the north. Newport is also the site for the annual Newport Jazz Festival. This music event draws thousands eager to hear the best in jazz and blues in one of the most beautiful environments in New England. In past years jazz and blues greats such as Muddy Waters, John Coltrane, and Miles Davis have dished up legendary performances.

The results of a survey of the Santana Center in 2007 shows that Rhode Island (RI) has a thriving equine industry. Using both veterinary and owner surveys, they were able to determine that horse numbers in Rhode Island in 2006 ranged between 6814-7301. Due to the small size of the state and the concentrated rural areas, the density of horses in Rhode Island may be one of the highest in the country. With a land area of 1,045 mile2, the horse density would be approximately 6.5 - 7.0 horses/mile (if uniformly distributed). If only non-urban areas are considered, horse density would be between 11.8 - 12.7 horses/mile.

Rhode Island was historically one of the most important horse areas of the country. In the 1600's, breeding farms shipped Narragansett Pacers to all of the sea coast colonies and as far as the Caribbean for use on plantations. RI was the only colony that allowed horse racing and a one mile track was maintained at Sandy Neck Beach in South Kingstown. Rhode Island continues to be horse country. Even though you may not see many large sprawling farms, horses are tucked into backyards, small stables and back fields.

  Rhode Island in Numbers:
img Horse Population : Approximately 7000
img Total Economic Impact: over $ -- billion
img Population : 1,076,189
img Land area : 1,045 sq. miles
img Capital : Providence
img Counties: 5
img Highest Point : Jerimoth Hill: 812 feet
img Lowest Poin : Atlantic Coast – sea level
img 10 largest Cities :
  • Providence: 176,862
  • Warwick: 87,233
  • Cranston: 81,614
  • Pawtucket: 73,742
  • East Providence: 49,515
  • Woonsocket: 44,328
  • Newport: 25,340
  • Central Falls: 19,159
Horse Property for sale.
elegant equestrian estate: rolling hills, pastures, stone walls & 5 stall barn

New Shoreham, Washington County, Rhode Island

In the heart of Block Island. 1501 Beacon Hill is a rare, captivating estate with rolling hills, pastures and stone walls all nestled among almost 12 acres of immaculate grounds and top-notch equestrian facilities. Meticulously cared for grounds lead from 2 separate winding driveways to the main residence and each building all perfectly sited on this expansive and skillfully landscaped property. This property has been loved as an elegant equestrian facility, but we invite you to consider the possibilities… a gentlemen’s farm, private residence, family compound.... the potential is endless! The manicured grounds and carefully maintained structures include 5 separate contiguous lots of record surrounded on 3 sides by 80 acres of conserved/undeveloped land. On the first lot is the main residence which is a natural light filled and spacious architect designed home including 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms with a detached 3 car garage under a 2 bedroom, 1 bath apartment above. The second lot is a large state of the art 5 stall barn with a huge storage/hay/studio loft, tack room, farrier station and attached double depth 3 bay garage. The remainder of the property has been attractively maintained with painstakingly rebuilt original stone walls and board rail fencing enclosing 4 separate grass paddocks, a 100’ by 200’ professional riding arena surrounded on 2 sides by Nathan Mott Park & Enchanted Forest areas of conserved land. This property qualifies for the designation of Open Space affording significant tax advantages should a new owner choose, or the lots can be developed separately. Take this opportunity for sustainable living and enjoy this exquisite, extraordinary Block Island property.

Rosemary Tobin , Lila Delman Real Estate

11.60 ACRES
3603 SQ FT
Horse Property for sale.
Unique 7.41 Acre Equestrian Opportunity. Olympian sized dressage ring.

North Kingstown, Washington County, Rhode Island

Unique working horse farm. Oiympian sized Dressage ring. Four sand paddocks, four grass paddocks. Two car garage with two additional horse stalls and hay storage. Property abuts Ryan's Park riding trails. Small 3 bedroom, 1 bath 960 square foot cute ranch with gardens. One mile to Wickford Village restaurants, shops, waterfront, marina, kayaking and more!

Marsha Welch , Marsha Welch Real Estate

7.41 ACRES
960 SQ FT


Horse Property for sale.
Carolina Equestrian Center, Magnificent Equestrian Estate, 30 Acres, 3 Houses

Richmond, Washington County, Rhode Island

Magnificent Equestrian Estate, 3 turnkey residences, 30 acres abutting 3400 Rhode Island Game Management Area. Stalls for 15 horses, 9 open paddocks, tack rooms, indoor 160'x70' and dust free riding, There are three stables, a round pen, a shingle style barn (84'x42') , Over the barn is a one bedroom stand alone apartment ,leading to a flagstone patio with pond and firepit.

Serene O'Connor , Randall Realtors

30.00 ACRES
1891 SQ FT
Horse Property for sale.

Exeter, Washington County, Rhode Island

Let your imagination run wild on this 137 acre piece of paradise! Surrounded by Arcadia Management Area, this property offers you absolute privacy and seclusion with convenient access from Route 95 at Hope Valley, only 7 miles away; or Route 395, only 11 miles into Connecticut. The possibilities are endless for use as a gentleman's farm; an equestrian center; a campground; a nursery or any other idea that you can imagine. With over 2300' of road frontage, the property can be sub-divided. Area attractions include golf courses galore, kayaking, fishing and ocean beaches within 15 miles.


137.00 ACRES
2525 SQ FT

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