Tiverton Four Corners could technically be described as simply a four-way intersection in the town of Tiverton, Rhode Island. But in reality it’s much more than that description implies. Art galleries, clothing and home stores, eateries, historic sites, and independent businesses housed in preserved 18th century buildings cluster around the eponymous corners to create a laid-back yet upscale destination. Stop at Provender (located in a building constructed by a descendant of a child born on the Mayflower) for a gourmet sandwiches, or Gray’s across the street for homemade ice cream.
If you time your visit right, you can attend one of the summer festivals held here. And you can always take a walking tour of this former mill village, which includes not only churches and cemeteries but a very old corn crib, and possibly the sweetest little library you’ve ever encountered.
Route 77 travels from Tiverton to Little Compton’s Sakonnet Point, the tip of the peninsula that extends into Rhode Island Sound. Along the way it passes farm stands, a vineyard, pleasing views of waterfront and farmland, and homes you just might fantasize about living in when you realize how calm and quietly beautiful this part of Rhode Island is.
This drive is as long as you make it – it all depends on how often you choose to stop to investigate the sights along the way, turn down side streets (the historic village of Adamsville can be found down Route 179, if you want to see America’s oldest general store) or linger at the southernmost point, where the land gives way to water.