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Introduction to Johnston, Rhode Island

Johnston, Rhode Island, in Providence county, is approximately 4 miles NW of Cranston, RI and approximately 43 miles SW of Boston, MA. The town of Johnston is part of the Providence - Fall River - Warwick metropolitan statistical area (MSA). About 28,195 people live in Johnston.

Johnston History

Johnston was initially part of the town of Providence. Later in 1758, it was separated from the town and incorporated on March 6, 1759. It was named after August Johnston, the colonial attorney general. The town's first meeting was held on April 18, 1759, in order to elect the officers. The meeting was held at the house of Benjamin Belknap.

Johnston and nearby Attractions



  • State of Rhode Island Fort Adams State Park
  • Providence Children's Museum
  • Snake Den State Park
  • Roger Williams Park Zoo
  • Smith-Appleby House Museum
  • Lincoln Woods State Park


Things To Do In Johnston

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 some of the local shopping centers. The Recreation Department of Johnston also organizes several special events and programs throughout the year.

Johnston Transportation

You can reach Theodore Francis Green State Airport within several minutes via car/taxi and there is public transportation that services Johnston although travel via car is best.

Johnston Higher Education

Nearby Colleges: Rhode Island College, Bryant College, and Providence College

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Updated: 18th August, 2019 12:31 AM.