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Little Compton Real Estate Analysis

Discover Little ComptonAccording to 17th century land evidence, the area now known as Little Compton was originally inhabited by the Sakonnet (variations include Sogkonate, Seconit, Seaconnet, etc.) tribe, who were led by Awashonks. Awashonks’ people lived in Wilbour Woods in the wintertime and at Sakonnet Point in the summertime. Her step-son Mamannuah led a separate Sakonnet tribe in the Adamsville area. The two leaders had frequent disputes over land and vied with each other to be recognized by the English as the sole Sakonnet leader.

Sakonnet has been interpreted in a variety of ways: “the black goose comes” or “where the water pours fourth.”

The first European settlers in Little Compton were Englishmen from Duxbury, Massachusetts in the Plymouth Colony who sought to expand their land holdings. After first attempting negotiations with Awashonks, they petitioned the Plymouth Colony, which granted them their charter. In a series of lotteries beginning in 1674 and ending in the early 1680s, they divided the land in Little Compton into lots of standard sizes and began settling there. Among these 32 original proprietors was Colonel Benjamin Church. Church was well known for his role in the late 17th-century conflicts with surrounding Native American tribes, notably the Narragansetts and Wampanoags. In 1675, Church built his homestead in Little Compton, just prior to King Philip’s War. Today, a plaque on the side of West Main Road gives the location of his original homestead. The plaque is located near house number 600 on the eastern side of West Main Road.

Discover Little ComptonIn 1682, Sakonnet was incorporated by the Plymouth Colony and renamed Little Compton. This is possibly a reference to Little Compton in Warwickshire, England. However, there is no direct evidence to substantiate this relationship. By 1747, Little Compton secured its own royal decree and was annexed to Newport County as a part of Rhode Island along with Tiverton and Bristol. Because Little Compton was once part of the Plymouth colony, all probate and land records prior to 1746 can be found in Taunton and New Bedford.

 

Sites of historic interest in Little Compton include the Wilbor House, built in 1692 by Samuel Wilbore, now the home of the Little Compton Historical Society. The entire town commons is also on the National Register of Historic Places.

“Real Estate is a sought after commodity in Little Compton,” says local realtor, John Long

Little Compton is the location for one of three town commons in Rhode Island. The others are in Warren and Bristol. This is most likely a result of the town having been originally laid out by settlers from the Plymouth and Massachusetts Colonies. Land for the common was designated in August 1677 and has been used ever since as both a religious and civic center for social activities in the town.

While there are only a few 17th-century structures still standing (these include the Wilbor house and Peabody house), there are many which date from the 18th and 19th century. The Quaker meeting house on West Main Road, Number 8 Schoolhouse (now used as part of the Town Hall), Town Hall, Wilbur’s Store, and the United Congregational Church all pre-date 1900 and are centered around the town commons. Additional historic homes are scattered throughout the town and include the Asa Gray house, the Slicer house, Oldacre, the Brownell house on West Main Road, the Brownell house on Meetinghouse Lane, William Whalley Homestead farmstead on Burchard Ave. (on the National Register of Historic Places), and the Brownell Library on the commons. 

Another distinctive feature of the town is the “Spite Tower” found in the village of Adamsville. Local lore claims that the tower was constructed to obscure the line of sight of a town local. While most stories involve members of the local Manchester family, there is no consensus as to the true history of the structure. According to the present day owner of the building, the “Spite Tower” was built above an artesian well. There was a pump that brought the water to a holding tank on the third floor that sent water, via gravity feed, to main house’s water tank to provide running water. The building was constructed circa 1905. The chauffeur’s residence was on the second floor of the tower.

During World War II Fort Church, named for Colonel Benjamin Church, was built with four batteries near Sakonnet Point. The largest was Battery Gray with two 16-inch guns, an area that would later become the Sakonnet Golf Club.

Little Compton Real Estate Listings

Active Listings in Little Compton

22 – R Brownell Rd Little Compton, RI 02837
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2 beds 2 baths 912 sqft $499,900
1 High Meadow Rd Little Compton, RI 02837
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3 beds 3 baths 3,255 sqft $535,000
15 Snell Rd Little Compton, RI 02837
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2 beds 2 baths 1,600 sqft $2,500
21 East View Dr Little Compton, RI 02837
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3 beds 2 baths 1,269 sqft $349,500
1 Holly Meadow Lane Little Compton, RI 02837
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3 beds 2 baths 1,424 sqft $297,450
17 Simmons Rd Little Compton, RI 02837
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2 beds 2 baths 1,346 sqft $389,000
20 Dons Lane Lane Little Compton, RI 02837
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4 beds 2 baths 1,829 sqft $495,000
18 West Main Rd Little Compton, RI 02837
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2 beds 2 baths 1,254 sqft $475,000
119 Pottersville Rd Little Compton, RI 02837
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3 beds 3 baths 1,997 sqft $569,000
32 Pleasant View Dr Little Compton, RI 02837
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2 beds 2 baths 1,040 sqft $515,000
90 – B Old Main Rd Little Compton, RI 02837
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3 beds 2 baths 2,072 sqft $799,000
45 Pachet Brook Rd Little Compton, RI 02837
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3 beds 2 baths 1,796 sqft $500,000
4 Holly Lane Little Compton, RI 02837
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3 beds 2 baths 2,100 sqft $669,500
6 Ocean Drive Dr Little Compton, RI 02837
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3 beds 5 baths 4,016 sqft $1,590,000
82 – B Warren's Point Rd Little Compton, RI 02837
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3 beds 2 baths 1,100 sqft $3,100,000
31 Stony Brook Dr Little Compton, RI 02837
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3 beds 3 baths 2,554 sqft $535,000
440 Long Highway Rd Little Compton, RI 02837
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3 beds 3 baths 2,618 sqft $610,000
28 Oak Forest Dr Little Compton, RI 02837
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3 beds 3 baths 2,715 sqft $549,000
55 East Main Rd Little Compton, RI 02837
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5 beds 3 baths $645,000
15 Bailey's Ledge Rd Little Compton, RI 02837
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3 beds 3 baths 2,582 sqft $1,900,000
113 Quicksand Pond Rd Little Compton, RI 02837
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2 beds 2 baths 2,945 sqft $2,250,000
10 Old Bull Lane Little Compton, RI 02837
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3 beds 4 baths 2,278 sqft $1,395,000
45 Side Rd Little Compton, RI 02837
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4 beds 5 baths 7,345 sqft $1,650,000
1 Oliver Lane Little Compton, RI 02837
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3 beds 3 baths 2,500 sqft $2,179,000
110 – 116 Holly Berry Hill Rd Little Compton, RI 02837
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3 beds 3 baths 2,173 sqft $795,000
231 West Main Rd Little Compton, RI 02837
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4 beds 4 baths 3,055 sqft $1,200,000
44 Sakonnet Point Rd Little Compton, RI 02837
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2 beds 2 baths 1,197 sqft $985,000
581 West Main Rd Little Compton, RI 02837
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5 beds 4 baths 2,939 sqft $1,600,000
2 High Meadow Rd Little Compton, RI 02837
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4 beds 3 baths 3,252 sqft $699,000
8 John Dyer Rd Little Compton, RI 02837
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2 beds 2 baths 1,814 sqft $399,000
56 Maple Av Little Compton, RI 02837
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3 beds 3 baths 1,881 sqft $575,000
17 Austin Lane Little Compton, RI 02837
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4 beds 4 baths 3,669 sqft $895,000
29 John Dyer Rd Little Compton, RI 02837
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3 beds 3 baths 2,480 sqft $515,000
80 – A Old Main Rd Little Compton, RI 02837
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3 beds 3 baths 3,622 sqft $1,295,000
4 California Rd Little Compton, RI 02837
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2 beds 2 baths 596 sqft $595,000
86 So Of Commons Rd W Little Compton, RI 02837
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3 beds 3 baths 2,953 sqft $995,000
33 Big Drum Rd Little Compton, RI 02837
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3 beds 3 baths 3,304 sqft $695,000

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Little Compton School Districts

Little Compton School District
K-8

Little Compton Schools

Wilbur & McMahon School
K-8, public
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