Barrington was our target for today. We started our visit at Four Town Farm, a place that gets its name from extending into four towns - Barrington, Seekonk, Reboboth, and Swansea. Four Town Farm has an amazing farm store which features not only their own fresh vegetables and fruits, but also includes foods from other parts of RI. Browsing throughout the store, we found cider and lemonade from Jaswell’s Farm in Smithfield, Milk from Wright’s Dairy Farm in North Smithfield, Nettie’s Kettle Corn from North Providence, Warwick Ice cream, Narragansett Creamery cheeses and many other local treats. We bought fresh raspberries, which were quickly devoured in the car, corn on the cob, and some cut sunflowers to bring to Gammie in Bristol later in the day.
Next was a visit to the Prince's Hill Cemetery where we visited the slave memorial. The wording on the plaque reads “In memory of the Slaves and their Descendants who faithfully served Barrington Families” which we found a little peculiar and anachronistic. The monument was erected in 1903, so that probably accounts for the strange wording on the plaque. The cemetery is located next to the town hall overlooking the Barrington River, and includes many beautiful memorials to those who have passed on.
It wouldn’t be a visit to Barrington without a stop at the Vienna Bakery for delectibles. There, we each chose a sweet treat to go. Tough decisions had to be made as everything looked so delicious.
Our next stop was the Barrington Library and Town Hall, where you can walk down to a pond with a Gazebo. In the back, behind the library, is a small area on the Barrington River that was perfect for eating our Vienna Bakery treats! It was also the perfect place to find fiddler crabs (tiny crabs with one big arm). They were all over the place on the beach, in small holes that they had made. They’d scurry around and when we came near, they would duck into their holes, but Heidi was swift enough to catch one.
Moving on, we visited Police Cove Park, near the bike path and the bridges, and enjoyed the views and the weather. There is also a new splashground at Police Cove Park and it was fun to see the little kids and families playing in the water.
We then drove on to Bristol to visit Papa & Gammie, but returned to Barrington later in the afternoon and stopped in to visit family members who live near Barrington Beach. Aemilia and Aoife didn’t feel like swimming, so they opted to read books in the backyard, and the rest of us walked down to the beach to swim. The water was perfect, and we were amazed to see kitesurfers gliding across the water, and even flying up into the air!
Finishing up our day, we went to the Daily Scoop for ice cream to put a sweet end to our visit to Barrington. Daily Scoop features their own homemade ice cream and is open for window service only during COVID-19. The ice cream is good, but it is expensive and the amount of ice cream does not equal the high price per cone. Our 5 ice creams cost over $30!!!!! However, it was National Ice Cream Day and it seemed fitting to celebrate with a local treat. We enjoyed the ice cream as we drove, and our final stop was the colorful and inclusive doors at the well known Barrington landmark, the White Church.
On another visit, we will explore the trails at the Osamequin Preserve and Bird Sanctuary, but we all agreed that we had done enough for one day and our day in Barrington was complete and fun.
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We are a family who loves to travel and explore. Covid-19 has changed our plans for summer 2020, but we are making the best out of the situation by exploring our beautiful home state of Rhode Island. During the summer of 2020, we are hoping to visit every town in Rhode Island. Thank you for joining us on our journey!