WAKEFIELD, RHODE ISLAND
Wakefield is a historic village located in the town of South Kingstown, Rhode Island. Wakefield was settled in the early 1700's due to its proximity to the Saugatucket River. Starting off with just 60 residents, the town quickly grew to become the business center of South Kingstown. Today, the Wakefield Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
In the late 1870's, the Narragansett Pier Railroad began operation with a station in Wakefield. The rail trail is
now a paved bike trail known as the South County
Bike Path (formerly the William C. O'Neill Bike Path).
The South County Bike Path runs eight miles, connecting the historic Kingston Station to Peace Dale Village, the downtown Wakefield area, and eventually ending in Narragansett. The path passes through
areas of The Great Swamp, and borders the
eastern edge of Riverside Cemetery.
Riverside Cemetery sits on High Street in Wakefield, across the street from the South Kingstown Town Hall, which has resided in Wakefield since 1877. Our cemetery is a quick walk, bike or car ride from downtown Wakefield.