Coventry is a town rich with history in Kent County, Rhode Island. Incorporated in 1741, Coventry was mainly a farming town and wasn’t modernized until the 20th century. Today, the western part of town remains somewhat rural, while the eastern section has been suburbanized.
The history of Coventry hasn’t been lost, however, with many of the historical buildings still standing in town. Coventry is the home to the General Nathanael Greene Homestead which housed the Revolutionary War general from 1770 to 1776. The Homestead is still preserved today and has been opened as a museum for residents and visitors to enjoy since 1924.
Because of its diverse landscape, there are an array of outdoor activities to do in Coventry. The town has parks, fields and a public beach as well as playgrounds and picnic areas. Water activities are popular in the town and residents have access to canoe and boat launches. Johnson's Pond, a waterfront neighborhood in Coventry, is a popular fishing spot and has been voted by Wakeboarding Magazine as the best location in Rhode Island for wakeboarding.
With its mix of rural and suburban, Coventry has a wide variety of real estate throughout the community. Classic and contemporary homes are for sale around the town—some are waterfront properties with large landscapes and gorgeous views. Homes in more rural areas are available as well for those who enjoy peace and quiet. The many housing options in Coventry make it easy to meet any architectural preference and budget.
Coventry retains its original character as an old textile mill village. While the western portion of the town remains rural in nature, the eastern section is one of the most rapidly growing Rhode Island residential communities.
The city is often lauded for its youth sports programs, as well as for the numerous recreational opportunities at the Coventry Greenway, a former railway converted into five miles of natural paths for biking, hiking and exploration. With its mills, lake-side fishing, and leafy environs, Coventry provides those golden, fleeting touches of authentic rural life. The town’s main commerce locations exist in convenient shopping areas with easy parking access. Housing consists of multi-family in the older sections of town, and single family in newly developed areas.
The town is made up of the villages of Anthony, Arkwright, Greene, Harris, Hopkins Hollow, Potterville, Quidneck, Rice City, Spring Lake, Summit, Tiogue, Washington, and Whitman.