Today, Westerly is best known for its beaches, but for more than 100 years it was famous for its granite. The industry started in 1846 when Orlando Smith, a stonemason from Ledyard, noticed some outcroppings of granite on Joseph Babcock’s farm in Westerly. His experienced eye knew that the granite was of superior quality with a fine grain and a uniform color.He decided to … [Read more...] about A Heritage in Stone
In the Community
Last year as a part-time staff member at the Westerly YMCA we took our annual training out of the YMCA building and traveled across the train tracks to another building that I was curious about what went on in this new development. The Westerly Education Center hosted our rather large welcome center group in one of their computer labs where we spent a couple of hours getting … [Read more...] about Westerly Education Center: A Workforce in Motion
What's your pinball story? Everyone has one, says Mark Carvey, co-owner of the newest themed bar in downtown Westerly. And if you don't, now's your chance to start discovering it! Located right across the street from the train station, Flip Side opened almost a few years ago and business has been steady. Mark's wife and co-owner, Dana, attributes part of their success so far … [Read more...] about Pinball Wizards of Westerly: Flip Side Pinball Bar
The first thing that probably comes to mind when thinking about the Westerly area is Misquamicut beach or one of the many exciting summer events, shops, restaurants, or venues that populate the area. But what visitors, or newcomers to this area, may not be aware of is that our citizens not only reach out to welcome summer visitors in a spirit of hospitality, but they … [Read more...] about The WARM Center – the Heart of our Community
So you think you know where Watch Hill is? Not so fast. I’m not talking about the village of Watch Hill but the actual hill. Most people assume that the hill called Watch Hill is located where the large white house known as the Holiday House sits overlooking the ocean and the Watch Hill Lighthouse. Today it is owned by singer/songwriter Taylor Swift. I thought so too until I … [Read more...] about Where is Watch Hill?
It's the most wonderful time of the year. But did you know that the risk of fire and accidents also goes up exponentially during the holidays? Holiday decorations and lights, candles, distracted driving and cooking all contribute to the increase in the number of accidents and fires.Some basic precautions can ensure that you and your family and friends remain safe and … [Read more...] about Risk of Fire and Accidents Rises During the Holidays: Take Steps to Stay Safe
The following is part six in Westerly Life’s “Behind the Murals” series discussing the history behind all of the recently created murals throughout downtown Westerly. The murals discussed below are dedicated to the town’s musical history, specifically, two major institutions: the Westerly Town Band and the Chorus of Westerly. The Westerly Band is the oldest continuously active … [Read more...] about The Westerly Town Band and The Chorus of Westerly: Musical Traditions
A little more than 100 years ago, when the last century was still quite young, Watch Hill's Olympia Tea Room came to be. To this day it is a place that visitors love to put on their travel itinerary and it remains a frequented restaurant for those who live in the area.Sitting prominently at 74 Bay Street with great views of Little Narragansett Bay, the Olympia Tea Room is … [Read more...] about Watch Hill’s Historic Olympia Tea Room: 41,18.632′ N by 71, 51.488′ W
There's never any shortage of fun to be had during the holiday season, that's for sure - in fact, sometimes there's just so much going on, it's hard to know where to be and when! With that in mind, we've rounded up some of the best holiday events in Westerly and nearby Mystic in the hopes of making it easier to fill your calendar with plenty of family-friendly fun and no … [Read more...] about Making a List, Checking it Twice – Local Holiday Events You Won’t Want to Miss!
Even Sherlock Holmes would be stumped. A mystery that really shouldn’t be a mystery exists within the Westerly/Stonington area, and it involves our respective high school football teams.The Bears play for Stonington High and the Bulldogs play for Westerly High. Two typical American towns which are connected geographically by the state line and whose high school football … [Read more...] about The Surprising Mystery of the Bears and the Bulldogs