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.
Got baking powder? If you do, chances are it’s Rumford baking powder. Well, today’s feature is Rumford, Rhode Island, and yes, there is a connection!
Rumford is actually a part of the city of East Providence, and borders the neighboring city of Pawtucket (from the Algonquin meaning ‘river fall’). The photo above shows the old Rumford Chemical Works, which was chartered in Rhode Island in 1862. Rumford baking powder was developed and named after Sir Benjamin Thompson, Count Rumford. Thompson was an American-born British physicist and inventor, but it was Eben Horsford was actually invented baking powder. Okay, that’s enough history.
Hulman & Company acquired the Rumford Chemical Works in 1950. It still makes Rumford baking powder, now at its manufacturing plant in Terre Haute, Indiana. And the building you see pictured at the top of this post now offers studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments.