It seemed appropriate this year to feature a theme that kept me close to home, so I give you my A to Z within the small acreage that is Rhode Island. I tried to be creative (you’ll see!) but I hope you learn something about Little Rhody, too. Whether you’ve lived here all your life, grew up within the boundaries, or have never set foot on one of our many beaches, come along for a virtual tour.
Escoheag (ES-co-heeg) is a neighborhood in the town of West Greenwich. The meaning of the native word is ‘origin of three rivers.’ (I found the Wood River and the Flat River on a map, but I’m unsure about the third river). Escoheag was known, back about 50 years ago, for the former Pine Top Ski Area. The area opened in 1965-66 and had two T-bar lifts, night skiing, and snowmaking. The ski area closed in 1980, and the ski lodge burned in the mid-1980s. The area is now part of the Arcadia Management Area and is open to hikers.
The old Escoheag Fire Tower sits at the top of Escoheag Hill Road, across the street from the old Escoheag cemetery. It’s in bad shape, falling into disrepair. The bottom stairs have been removed and it’s fenced off so no one will climb it.
The photo above is the starting point for a 10-mile hike, but it’s hunting season and I wasn’t wearing any blaze orange, so I opted out.