Adamsville Village

 

Adamsville Village is a historic village stradling the border between Westport, Massachusetts and Little Compton, Rhode Island. It was first settled in 1675, around the time of King Phillip’s War, and was once better known as Sin Valley thanks to pirates and boot leggers. Adamsville has kept many historic buildings, contributing to its historic New England village charm.

Gray’s Grist Mill is one of the oldest operating grist (flour) mills in New England. The special corn milled here is used to make thin cornmeal pancakes called jonnycakes. Gray’s Grist Mill sells its special cornmeal in a shop, and also offers historic mill tours.

The distinctive 3-story, 45 foot tall “Spite Tower” is said to have been built around 1905 to obstruct the view of a local resident, and others say it was built because of an unrequited love. The current owner says it was built over an artesian well, and the water is pumped from the top of the tower using a gravity feed to provide running water to the main house. Either way, it’s a unique and interesting building.

The Rhode Island Red Monument pays homage to the Rhode Island Red breed of chickens. This breed of chicken is well known as a source of delicious poultry and a dependable supplier of fresh brown eggs, and it was originally bred right in this area. The monument is located in Adamsville Village at the corner of Adamsville Rd, Wesport Harbor Rd, and Main St.

The oldest operating general store in the United States is said to have existed in Adamsville. Grays General Store was built in 1788, and became home of the town’s first post office in 1804. Unfortunately, in 2012, Grays General Store was closed. Now the honor of oldest operating general store is held uncontested by the nearby Davolls General Store in Russells Mills Village in Dartmouth.