#AtoZ Stay home! Wear a Mask! “M” is for MISQUAMICUT

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.

Photo by Martha Reynolds

Misquamicut (Mis-SQUAM-eh-cut) is part of the town of Westerly, as close to Connecticut as you can get, and is a Narragansett word meaning “at the place of the red fish,” or “at the salmon place.” The land was purchased from Chief Sosoa of the Montauks in 1661, and the name was changed from Pleasant View (which it does have) to Misquamicut in the 1920s.

For residents of Connecticut, Misquamicut is a popular destination, as it’s the first beach on open water (the Atlantic Ocean) you come to when driving east to Rhode Island from Connecticut. Connecticut’s coastline is on Long Island Sound, and the relative calmness of the water compared to what can sometimes be wild ocean in Misquamicut is a draw for many. Misquamicut also has a lively night life, which is an attraction for some and a deterrent for others.

Photo by Martha Reynolds
Photo by Martha Reynolds

It was a cold day when I took these photos at Misquamicut Beach! So cold I didn’t venture down to the shoreline. Desolate in winter, too, but on a hot summer day, the beach is packed.

Photo by Martha Reynolds

There’s over a half-mile of beachfront here, and lots of activities for kids. The waves are usually pretty big, too, so take care!

Photo by Martha Reynolds

11 thoughts on “#AtoZ Stay home! Wear a Mask! “M” is for MISQUAMICUT

  1. 1. Enter a crowded room of local Rhode Islanders living around here. 2. Comment that you think it’s so great that the entire area is over-run with Connecticut Residents who have no beaches of their own and get to use all of “ours” tax-free. 2. RUN!!!!!!

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  2. My homeland! Father’s family settled in Westerly when they immigrated. His parent retired to Misquamicut, as did my parents. They, and many other family members, including my husband, are burried in Riverbend Cemetary. We spent so many summers at my grandparent’s Misquamicut home, just a mile walk down to the beach. Best beach in RI. Can’t believe how built up it has gotten since my grandparent’s retired there in the early 60s! ❤

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  3. Stopped by for the first time from the A to Z master list. What a fun theme! Love finding out about little gems in other places. It pays to poke around for the fun little known stuff.

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  4. I appreciate your trying to show me how to pronounce the names! I am terrible at it, and remembering. I still can’t remember how to say Pawtucket, where my son and his wife live! I just know how NOT to say it!

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