Above is a shot of Woodville, a village in Richmond, R.I., not all that far from the five-day Washington County Fair, which concluded today. We had hoped to pop in on a few villages like Woodville, Shannock, Kenyon, maybe even Usquepaug, but we left Providence too late. Still, a mere half-hour drive took us to the fair, which as you’ll see is surrounded by woodland. Rhode Island is not just Providence, Newport, Watch Hill and Woonsocket, not to mention the beaches for which the Ocean State is famed. (Tallest peak: Jerimoth Hill, alt. 812 ft.) Far less drive time can get you from the urbanity of the capital to untold swaths of Ruritanian bliss to beat the band. The symphony of crickets and other beasties on the way out was worth the price of admission ($10). Why this state needs a tourism policy beats me. It is vacationbait.
Most readers will have missed the fair, but below you can cancel that omission. Have fun. We sure did.