Johnston is a town in Providence County, Rhode Island that was incorporated in 1759. Thetown’s history can be seen in the architecture that is preserved around town. Johnston features the ClemenceIrons House, which is a rare surviving “stone ender” building—a house where one wall is a large chimney—whose style originated in Rhode Island in the 17th century.
Originally a farming community, Johnston has many farmhouses and barns from the 19th century that are still standing. Today, many of these Johnston farms are open to the public. One of the preserved working farms is Salisbury Farm, established in the 1800’s, which is home to New England’s original Corn Maze and has hayrides and “Pick Your Own” crops for families to enjoy.
Residents of Johnston live in a variety of housing types including single and multifamily homes, townhouses and condos. Real estate comes in a wide range of architectural styles ranging from classic to modern. Ranch and Colonial homes are among the popular contemporary styles although 19th century historical homes are for sale as well.
Johnston has embraced suburban development, but nonetheless is notable for its colonial farmhouses. Major industry and shopping cover large parts of the town, surrounded by a variety of neighborhoods.
Johnston is home to Clemence Irons House, a stone-ender museum constructed in 1691. The town also has several parks such as the Johnston Memorial Park, Woodlake Park Complex, Dyerville State Park, and Woonasquatucket Park. The Westgate Shopping Center, Town Hall Center Shopping Center, and Lexington Building Shopping Center are great places to run errands. The Recreation Department of Johnston also organizes several special events and youth sports programs throughout the year. Just over ten minutes from Providence.
Johnston is made up of the neighborhoods and villages of: Belknap, Graniteville, Hughesdale, Manton, Merino, Morgan Mills, Moswansicut Lake, Pocasset, Simmonsville, Thornton (also in Cranston) and West End.