South County is a commonly used term by those that live there to describe the southern part of Rhode Island, also known as Washington County. The first use of the term is not known for certain; however, The South County History Center as pinpointed the first use in a document by XXX in XX when he described XXX.
Residents today still offend refer to where they live by the village name, such as Peace Dale or Ashaway with each other. Each village has it’s own personality that can be seen in the architecture of the buildings and the use of land that reflects why the village was founded.
At the center of each village grew a heart of tradespeople and shops that served as a life-line to all the residents. It was also the way they would socialize, practice their religion, and stay on top of the most recent news.