dentist in Barrington, RI

A Brief History of Barrington, RI

The first known inhabitants of the land that is now Barrington were the Wampanoags, who had territory from Narragansett Bay to Cape Cod. In 1653, investors from Plymouth Colony bought some of the land from the Wampanoags, including Barrington. Some places still have names from the initial proprietors, such as Prince’s Hill being named after Thomas Prince.

Barrington was incorporated as an independent town in 1717, and likely got its name from Barrington in the English county of Somerset. Agriculture was the basis for the town’s economy, especially corn, rye, oats, and barley, as well as apple orchards. Brick production in the mid-1800s and a commuter railroad between Bristol and Providence allowed for more economic opportunities, so the town more than quadrupled in population by 1920.

After the post-WWII baby boom, Barrington continued to become more suburban, and it saw modest growth to the present, with the population approaching 17,000.

Maple Avenue Family Dentistry in Barrington, RI

We love serving the people of Barrington and helping them achieve their dental health goals. Whether that means essential preventative dentistry through regular cleaning appointments, something more advanced like dental implants, or even emergency treatments in the case of an injury, we look forward to being your partners in lifelong dental health. Check this map if you need directions to our practice.

If you are unsure whether your situation is considered a dental emergency, do not hesitate to contact us anyway. We quickly diagnose and determine the gravity of the problem and treat you according to your emergency needs promptly. Sometimes life happens, and there are just times when dental care is immediately needed. In these times, an emergency dentist is who you need to call.

See What Our Town Has to Offer

A great place to visit in Barrington for those who love the outdoors is Haines Memorial State Park. You can bring a picnic with your family, boat and fish around Bullock Cove and Providence River, bike along the East Bay Bike Path, and enjoy a game in the ball fields. The park was sold by the estate of Dr. George B. Haines to the Rhode Island Metropolitan Park Commission for $1, in accordance with Dr. Haines’s wish that his property be used for “parks, parkway, or boulevard uses only.”

If you’re a fan of natural history museums, you can check out the Audubon Society of Rhode Island Nature Center and Aquarium. It’s a great place to bring the kids to learn all about the local wildlife. There are interactive exhibits and amazing wildlife models, and the butterfly fields are breathtaking. How many different types of birds and critters will your kids spot on your visit?

Looking for a great local place to eat? You’ll love the Mediterranean food at Prince Ali’s Kebab. It’s small and easy to miss, but you won’t regret stopping by, and it’s only a six-minute drive from our practice.