Coventry Homes for Sale
The Perfect Blend of Suburban and Rural Living
Coventry is the largest town in Rhode Island. Central Coventry is a typical suburb, with kids, cul-de sacs and gas grills aplenty. Western Coventry is more rural, with homes nestled on large parcels of land. If you are interested in living n Western coventry, be aware that you will be driving about 30 minutes to the closest grocery store or pharmacy.
Coventry offers a few recreation facilities. The town has youth sport leagues for football (boasting the 2006 American Youth Football National title), basketball, baseball, and softball. Carbuncle Pond off Route 14 (Plainfield Pike) near the Connecticut border is a 39-acre pond that is popular for freshwater fishing. Johnson’s Pond, a waterfront neighborhood, houses facilities for fishing and water sports. Wakeboarding Magazine rated Johnson’s Pond as the best location for wakeboarding in Rhode Island. The 860-acre George B. Parker woodland, owned by the Audubon Society of Rhode Island, offers several hiking trails. The woodland caretaker’s home dates from the mid 18th century.
The town has been investing in the Coventry Greenway, a pedestrian and bicycle path built on the old New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad right-of-way and part of the East Coast Greenway, a trail running from Maine to Florida. The Coventry Greenway travels 15 miles from the Connecticut state line to the West Warwick town line. The greenway has recently undergone a massive renovation and has reopened to the public as a walking, cycling, and horse trail.
Coventry Schools, and Education Programs
Coventry Schools Receive above average ratings, and the town offers many additional programs
These are some of the top-rated public schools in Coventry based on a variety of measures, including academic performance and equity. Click to see the full list of schools sorted by rating. About the GreatSchools rating.
Coventry High School is rated above average in school quality compared to other schools in Rhode Island. Students here are making above average year-over-year academic improvement, have above average college readiness measures, this school has about average results in how well it’s serving disadvantaged students, and more information about this school can be found at https://www.greatschools.org/rhode-island/coventry/41-Coventry-High-School/
The Parks and Recreation Department offers many additional programs. Their summer camp is a fun mix of in-camp days, beach days, and field trips. Their goal is to provide participants with a safe, fun, engaging, and enriching experience. They offer field trips, performances, arts crafts and science programs. There are also kids clubs, which provide entertainment during the school year.
Adult programs include tennis, basketball, and fitness programs like yoga.
Coventry has a Rich History, and a Few Historical Homes
Coventry was first settled by English colonists in the early 18th century, when the town was part of Warwick. Since the area was so far away from the center of Warwick, the section that became Coventry grew very slowly. However, by 1741, enough farmers (about 100 families) had settled in the area that they petitioned the General Assembly of Rhode Island to create their own town. The petition was granted, and the new town was named “Coventry”, after the English city. For the rest of the 18th century, Coventry remained a rural town populated by farmers. Among the buildings that survive are the Waterman Tavern (1740s), the Nathanael Greene Homestead (1770), and the Paine Homestead (late 17th century/early 18th century). The oldest church, Maple Root Baptist Church, dates from the end of the 18th century. The congregation was organized in 1762 and was affiliated with the General Six-Principle Baptists.
In the 19th century, the Industrial Revolution came to Coventry with the building of the first mill in Anthony. Over the next century, the eastern end of town became very industrialized, with manufacturing centers being located in Anthony, Washington, Quidnick, and Harris villages. Many of the old factories still stand in the town, and the village centers (in particular, Anthony and Quidnick) remain mostly intact.
By comparison, the western end of the town remained very rural, with the only centers of population being located at Greene and Summit, both established as railroad stations on the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad.
In the 20th century, the town went through much change. The advent of the automobile brought an end of the railroad. (The track was dismantled in the 1970s, and in the early 21st century, the right of way was revitalized as the Washington Secondary Rail Trail/Greenway).
Since the late 20th century, the town has attracted new residents, and the eastern part of the town became suburbanized. In the early 21st century, a movement in the town has developed to limit residential development to keep the rural flavor of the western part of the town.