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Johnston, RI

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Johnston is a small rural town with residents that enjoy the quiet life. Although slightly off the beaten path, the city is within driving distance to larger cities such as Providence. This allows for easy access to work and educational opportunities, not to mention fun times while still enjoying the calmer life at home. Low unemployment and solid incomes combine for a health economy. The education system is small and allows for a more personal relationship between students, parents, and faculty.

Getting Around in Johnston, RI

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Billiards and Magic

Entertainment options in the city of Johnston appeal to both children and adults. Adults can wine and dine the night away at local dining establishments or make the trip to Providence or another nearby city. Providence offers expanded entertainment selections including night clubs and plays. For the kiddos, there are movie theaters, fun centers, and more. Beyond that there are a host of community events that happen throughout the year that draw residents out as a family. Events such as Awake Providence!, Christmas at Blithewold, and Winter Wonderland Days tend to be recurring events that folks can plan to attend time and again.

The Creation of Johns

Johnston was originally part of Providence. In 1758, the town separated at the preference of residents but it was not until nearly a full year later that the town officially incorporated. Various structures in the town point back to these early times. One such example is the Clemence-Irons House, which is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. The home is a stone ender type of construction that is no longer in use today. This makes the home unique, and the residents of Johnston recognize that. Restoration is now complete, and it acts as an area attraction of residents and visitors alike.

Arts on the Town

For the lovers of the arts, a quick trip to providence provides interesting options. The Providence Performing Arts Center offers recurring plays and other live actions events such as the play "Wicked.” Whether you like music, comedy, or just a good show, you can find it here at this Providence-based center. The Providence Shambhala Center offers a different kind of take on the arts, looking to the spiritual side of things. Offering the Shambhala Vision, residents can visit the center to learn about the meditation techniques, the contemplative arts of the Shambhala people, and even enjoy the Shambhala Arts Festival.