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About Little Compton, Rhode Island

Lighthouse in Little Compton, Rhode IslandQuietly perched on the tip of the Sakonnet Peninsula, Little Compton embodies private rural living with the spoils of coastal New England in your sights. Many residents here, whether full time or part of the summer colony, have called this coastal community home for generations. Bounded on the west by the Sakonnet River, on the north by Tiverton, and on the east by Massachusetts, part of Little Compton’s charm is its nearly unchanged landscape (and exactly zero traffic lights).  

Centuries-old clapboard farmhouses, winding stone walls and rolling pastures lend the region its interstate moniker, the Farm Coast. The Commons, designed in 1677, serves as the town center – a historic village where you’ll find Town Hall, the Brownell Library and the post office. The Little Compton Community Center offers programs for children, teens and seniors in addition to summer camps and special events. Wilbur's General Store has been an institution here since 1893 and The Commons Lunch is a slice of true Americana. 

South Shore Beach and Goosewing Beach are among the state’s most striking, but if you live here, you may also be privy to one of the town’s private beaches. Sakonnet Point, the southernmost point of town offering stunning views of the Atlantic and Sakonnet Lighthouse, is a peaceful place to walk while forested Wilbour Woods offers easy trails, streamside benches and picnic areas. 

Little Compton is home to a high-achieving school district serving elementary and middle school needs,   though high school students usually attend nearby Portsmouth High School or one of many private or parochial schools in the area.  

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