Johnston (Rhode Island)Providence County, Rhode Island, United States.
Incorporated on March 6, 1759, Johnston was named for the colonial attorney general, August Johnston. The city is approximately 24 square miles with less than one square mile of water. Home to the only operational landfill in Rhode Island, the town is not the top of mind for visitors, whether they come from a distance or are Rhode Islanders. There is much more to Johnston than meets the eye.
The town has a population that is 47% of Italian ancestry, the highest percentage of any town in the US.
Johnston is part of the Providence- Fall River- Warwick metropolitan statistical area (MSA). It is located in the Providence county area, and is four miles northwest of Cranston, Rhode Island, and 43 miles southwest of Boston, Massachusetts. The population of Johnston is about 28,195 people. Johnston was originally part of Providence, but in 1758 it was separated. Johnston became incorporated on March 6, 1759, and was named after August Johnston, the colonial attorney general. The town held it’s first official town meeting on April 18, 1759 at the home of Benjamin Belknap, in order to elect new officers.
As of July 2009 the average population of Johnston was 28,613. The average male population was 13,409 (46.9%) and the average female population was 15,204 (53.1%). The median age of all residents is about 40.7 years old. The average household income in Johnston is about $56,394.
Johnston is very famous for it’s landfill. The landfill is the only one in the state of Rhode Island and is occasionally subject to many issues such as over capacity or a strong smell. Although the Landfill seems like it is not something you would not want to see, it is definitely a worthwhile trip. All of the machinery used to process the disposed waste is available for viewing. It is quite interesting to see the process that has to be done in order to get rid of the whole state of Rhode Island’s trash!
RIPTA bus number 19(Plainfield), 27(Manton/Greenville), and 28(Hartford) from Kennedy plaza takes you into different areas of Johnston.
This is worth the time even if it just to drive by. Not just a dump, the landfill is a state of the art facility often visited by other sanitation experts. If you are lucky enough to be visiting from April through October tours are offered two days each month. Consult the website to obtain days and scheduling information.
phone: +1 401-728-9696address: 38 George Waterman Road Johnston, R.I. 02919The Clemence-Irons House is an important historic colonial stone-ender built in 1691. The house was donated to the local preservation society Historic New England in 1947 and was restored to its historical appearance. It now operates as a museum. The Clemence-Irons House is among the oldest buildings in Rhode Island, and is the 6th oldest in Providence County. The building is a rare example of a stone-ender style house. Come see the house, and enter the museum for a modest fee if visiting during the summer months.
Bowling. Town Hall Lanes on Atwood Ave. hosts bowling leagues, birthday parties and special event nights. Check out the Rock and Bowl nights. After bowling, head across the street to Newport Creamery for a sundae or their signature item the "Awful Awful". Town Hall Lanes is located at 1463 Atwood Ave., Johnston, Rhode Island. Visit their official website for more information on availability and more! http://www.townhalllanes.com/
St. Rocco's Feast and Our Lady of Grace Feast. Visit during the month of August and September and you may get the chance to attend the annual Feasts. Always held during August and September, the easiest way to know the dates is to drive by the church on Atwood Ave and George Waterman ave. The banner across the road signals to everyone driving by that it is time to enjoy the rides, the food, the games, the beer garden and more food. Reflecting the strong Italian culture of this community, one can find everything from pastas to cannollis at the feast. The big draw are the doughboys made by the parishioners, Order yours with sugar if you must, but better to try one with "gravy" and cheese. The "gravy" is tomato sauce and the "cheese" grated Parmigiano-Romano. Bring a box if you want to take some food home, they don't do take-out!
Luigi's Restaurant 1357 Hartford Ave. 401-861-3850 An upsclae Italian restaurant that also offers a take out section and cafe option. There are also several large rooms for functions.
Pat's Restaurant 1200 Hartford Ave. 401-273-1444 This is a nice family restaurant with huge portions and homemade pasta's.
Brewed Awakenings: Brewed Awakenings Coffee House is a wonderful place to relax after a long day! Enjoy a cup of coffee, tea, or even a smoothie with friends in the cozy, quiet environment! Brewed also offers sandwiches and deserts! Visit either of their two Johnston locations both located on Atwood Avenue! Visit 1395 Atwood Avenue or 1387 Atwood Avenue.
Sundaes Ice CreamChoose from a menu of 24 soft serve flavors with unlimited toppings, or try hard ice cream consisting of many flavors as well. This is one of two Sundaes locations, the other is in Cranston.
The English Muffinaddress: 1989 Plainfield PikeA wonderful breakfast/brunch place.
Wings To Goaddress: 1463 Atwood AveA restaurant specializing in chicken wings.
Noble Houseaddress: 1463 Atwood AveA Chinese restaurant.
Bishop Hill Tavern 2868 Hartford Ave, 401-934-0097. This is your typical neighborhood bar with a twist. The food is amazing! If you are feeling a bit shy entering a bar for dinner, they offer a dining room in the back but it is usually empty. There is something about the chatter of the neighborhood folks at the end of a long day, the ball games on the TV, the dart board on the wall and the keno screen that draws even the most reluctant visitors.
Bel-Air Motor Inn
2154 Hartford Avenue, Johnston, RI 02919
+1 401 934-9889