North Kingstown is a city in Washington County, Rhode Island, United States, and is part of the Providence metropolitan area. As of the 2010 Census, the population was 26,486 making it the 13th largest municipality in the state. North Kingstown is home to the birthplace of the famous American portraitist Gilbert Stuart who was born in the village of Saunderstown. Withing the town is Quonset Point, location of the former Quonset Point Naval Air Station, known for the invention of the Quonset Hut, as well as the neighborhood of Davisville, location of the former Davisville Naval Construction Battalion Center. North Kingstown is the fastest growing city in the State of Rhode Island.
Some points of interest in North Kinstown are the Casey Farm and Gilbert Stuart Birthplace and Museum. Casey Farm is a historic farm in Saunderstown, Rhode Island, United States. It is now a historic museum property, operated by Historic New England, and is open to the public. Casey Farm was also the summer home and subsequently the burial place of Civil War general Silas Casey, military engineer Thomas Lincoln Casey and Washington, D.C. architect Edward Pearce Casey. Today, resident farm managers raise organic vegetables, herbs, and flowers for subscribing households in a Community Supported Agriculture program. The guided tour includes the farmyard and cemetery, where six generations of Caseys are buried. The farm is owned by Historic New England.
The Gilbert Stuart Birthplace and Museum is a small museum located in Saunderstown, Rhode Island, USA. On December 3, 1755, Gilbert Stuart, a famous American portraitist of the 18th and 19th centuries, was born in the colonial-era house located on the property. The museum consists of the 1750 house in which Stuart was born, an operational snuff mill, an operational grist mill, a mill pond, streams, a fish ladder, nature trails, an herb garden, and a Welcome Center and gift shop.