Our History

“Conimicut” is named after the granddaughter of the Narragansett sachem, Canonicus, and the daughter of Queen Quaiapen and the sachem Mixanno. Canonicus was the ruling sachem when the English arrived in Rhode Island. The Narragansetts generally shared power among two sachems, and Canonicus shared power with his nephew, Miantonomi. The Shawomet Purchase of present-day Warwick, West Warwick, and Coventry from Miantonomi to Samuel Gorton and his followers occurred in 1642. Some of the early “Gortonists” initially settled in the Mill Cove area establishing a grist mill. In the 1700s and 1800s, the Samuel Gorton Homestead and the Peter Greene House located near the intersection of West Shore Road and Economy Avenue were important social centers. Mark Rock on the shoreline at the end of Rock Avenue contains significant possible pre-European settlement markings by Native Americans.
The Conimicut Village Association (CVA) was founded on December 31, 1984, by the Reverend William Lover, pastor of the Woodbury Union Church. In April 1985, over 200 people participated in the charter signing. In 1986, a $170,000 grant helped to establish several small parks, heritage lighting, and signage. In the late 1980s and the 1990s, arts and crafts festivals were held regularly on Labor Day. Alex Gray III was instrumental in producing the festivals in the 1990s and he served as president of the Association from 1997 to 2006. CVA placed a bench in the park area across from the post office to honor his contributions to the village. Guy Lefebvre was elected president in 2007 and served from 2007 through 2008 and successfully built CVA membership to 70 members. In 2009, Ginny Barham was elected as president and still serves as such. By the end of 2020, the CVA membership had increased to 185. By the end of 2021, we reached a high of 211 for CVA memberships. We are starting off our 2022 year with 132 members since January.

City of Warwick – Conimicut Village History

Our original logo was designed by William (Bill) Thoreson, circa 1986