R 124
2021 -- H 6132
Enacted 03/16/2021

H O U S E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Representatives Newberry, Blazejewski, Fellela, and Fogarty
Date Introduced: March 16, 2021

     WHEREAS, Prior to colonization, tribes of indigenous Native American people
flourished for thousands of years on the land that is now North Smithfield; and
     WHEREAS, White settlers, led by Edward Inman of Providence, first purchased property
in this northern outland area in 1660. For the next 150 years, more settlers increasingly formed
small farms on the land, thereby expanding Roger Williams' "Lively Experiment."; and
     WHEREAS, The Rhode Island colony incorporated the northern settlements into the
Town of Smithfield in 1731. Due to its key location at the crossroads of early stagecoach routes,
Union Village grew into an important commercial center in the Town; and
     WHEREAS, In 1806, John Slater and his partners first purchased the Buffum Mills
property on the banks of the Branch River leading to the creation of Slatersville, the first planned
industrial mill village in America. In the following decades, new mill villages were formed in
Forestdale, Branch Village and Waterford; and
     WHEREAS, On March 24, 1871, the State of Rhode Island divided Smithfield into
Lincoln, Smithfield, and North Smithfield, and Globe Village was annexed to Woonsocket; and
     WHEREAS, In 1966, the Town opened its first High School continuing an over 150-year
tradition of enthusiastic support for education. In 1971, the residents of North Smithfield adopted
its Home Rule Charter; and
     WHEREAS, Today, the Town of North Smithfield continues to thrive. Its residents
cherish its rich heritage, adapt to current challenges and look forward to a bright future; now,
therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island hereby
joyously celebrates the 150th Anniversary of the Town of North Smithfield on March 24th, 2021;
and be it further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit a duly certified copy of this resolution to Mr. Paul Zwolenski, North Smithfield Town