Glocester is a rural community in Providence County, Rhode Island. The town was incorporated in 1731 and today is home to approximately 10,500 residents. Glocester has a rich history dating back to the 18th century which can be seen from its architecture and historical sites around the town.
Glocester is home to the Chepachet Village—the first village in Rhode Island that was put on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971. This historic town is home to many events around town such as the annual Ancients and Horribles Parade which takes place on the 4th of July. The parade is a satirical political event that takes place every year and includes a variety of events such as a carnival, battles of the bands, a road race and fireworks.
The town is also perfect for shopping with a thriving business community and has a variety of unique shops such as antiques, gifts and collectibles.
The majority of residents in Glocester live in singlef amily homes in styles such as Ranch, Cottage and Colonial. Much of the real estate in town are on large properties with many acres—some with waterfront views or allow horses. There are other homes for sale in Glocester, however, such as multifamily homes, condominiums and apartments.
Glocester is a rural community dotted throughout by lakes and ponds, and a good part of the northern portion of the town is set aside as state-owned parks and forests. The town of Glocester was immortalized by the author H.P. Lovecraft who was entranced by the town and expressed its picturesque essence in verse.
Think of Glocester and think of flowering plants, fresh fish and water fowl wetlands, forest, open fields, streams and agricultural activity. Tourists find treasures in the many antiques and collectible shops throughout Chepachet and Harmony, and dine companionably with the locals at any of a number of fine restaurants in the area. Numerous historic houses and churches sit atop the town’s countryside. In addition there are eight sites within the Town of Glocester that have been preserved as open space to be administered by the Glocester Land Trust, in cooperation with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM).
Glocester is made up of the villages of Bowdish, Chepachet, Clarkville, Durfee Hill, Harmony, Spring Grove, and West Glocester.