Lincoln Woods State Park

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Lincoln Woods State Park
Rhode Island state park
Lincoln Woods State Park in Rhode Island USA.jpg
Named for: Abraham Lincoln
CountryUnited States
StateRhode Island
CountyProvidence
Elevation308 ft (94 m) [1]
Coordinates41°53′50″N 71°26′10″W / 41.89722°N 71.43611°W / 41.89722; -71.43611
Area627 acres (254 ha)
Established1908
ManagementRhode Island Department of Environmental Management Division of Parks & Recreation
Location of Lincoln Woods State Park in Rhode Island
Website: Lincoln Woods State Park
 
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Coordinates: 41°53′50″N 71°26′10″W / 41.89722°N 71.43611°W / 41.89722; -71.43611
Lincoln Woods State Park
Rhode Island state park
Lincoln Woods State Park in Rhode Island USA.jpg
Named for: Abraham Lincoln
CountryUnited States
StateRhode Island
CountyProvidence
Elevation308 ft (94 m) [1]
Coordinates41°53′50″N 71°26′10″W / 41.89722°N 71.43611°W / 41.89722; -71.43611
Area627 acres (254 ha)
Established1908
ManagementRhode Island Department of Environmental Management Division of Parks & Recreation
Location of Lincoln Woods State Park in Rhode Island
Website: Lincoln Woods State Park

Lincoln Woods State Park is a 627-acre (253.7 ha) state park surrounding Olney Pond in the town of Lincoln, Rhode Island, located 4 miles (6.4 km) northwest of Pawtucket. The Park serves as a popular destination for the people of the nearby city of Providence, Rhode Island.

Name[edit]

Named in honor of President Abraham Lincoln, the park saw its origins with the state's purchase of Quinsnicket Pond and 71 additional acres in 1908 and had its official founding on the 100th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth, February 12, 1909.[2] Until circa the 1940s the Park was popularly known as Quinsnicket, a faux-Indian name commonly said to mean something like The Domain of Many Rocks. There are indeed many giant glacial boulders in the Park, the stony and difficult nature of the terrain having prevented most the park's present-day extent from becoming farmland or building-land from the mid 1850s onwards. However Quinsnicket was an invented settler name, and the original Indian name for the park's area was actually Caucaunjaivatchuck.[2]

Facilities and activities[edit]

The park offers two freshwater beaches, extensive picnicking facilities (176 tables, 134 fireplaces) and three game fields plus boating, ice skating, and fishing areas as well as equestrian, mountain bike, snowmobile, and hiking trails. Also available for use are kayak, canoe and stand-up paddle board rentals from the Eastern Mountain Sports kayak shack. Lessons provided by the company are also taught at Lincoln Woods. [2]

Popular culture[edit]

The Park was a favorite regular haunt of the author H.P. Lovecraft in the 1908-1937 period, and he would often spend whole summer days in the Park writing long letters and walking. Lovecraft records many vivid accounts of the park's landscape and ambiances in his letters. In 2011, part of the film Moonrise Kingdom was filmed at the park.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lincoln Woods State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 2001-05-03. Retrieved 2012-12-11. 
  2. ^ a b c Thomas Williams Bicknell. The history of the state of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations (Volume 5).
  3. ^ "Upcoming filming locations for ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ in Rhode Island". OLV. May 1, 2011. Retrieved 2012-12-11. 

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