You might have seen our address printed on our catalogs or on correspondence with your order, but exactly where is Portsmouth, Rhode Island? I thought I would use a blog entry to tell our readers a little bit more about the area.
As you can see on the map, Portsmouth is located on the original island that gave Rhode Island its official name, which still today is the “State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations”. While Aquidneck Island, as it’s known locally, is not small at 12 miles long, you still have to cross one of three bridges to get here.
Other than being the current home of our offices, Portsmouth is also known for the competitive polo played at Glen Farm (former site of the International Jumping Derby in the 1970s and 80s), the well-respected Portsmouth Abbey School, and the wind turbines that rise above the landscape (ours will be the town’s third). Other random unique sites include the annual corn maze at Highland Farm (see below), the Green Animals topiary garden, and the historical marker of the Portsmouth Compact, where followers of Anne Hutchinson set up an independent colony in 1638.
If you’re in the area, or even just visiting nearby Newport and the famous mansions on summer vacation, you are more than welcome to stop in. We have an awards showroom set up for visitors, and would be happy to talk with you!