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Matunuck, Rhode Island

Matunuck is a village in South Kingstown, Rhode Island, United States near Charlestown, Rhode Island. The village is located on a point along the southern Atlantic coast of Rhode Island off of U.S. Route 1. The village takes its name from a Native American word meaning "look out." The Narragansett tribe made a summer encampment at this location before the land was sold to colonists as part of the Pettaquamscutt purchase.

Geography and attractions

The area is home to several notable beaches including Moonstone Beach, South Kingstown Town Beach at Matunuck, East Matunuck State Beach, and Roy Carpenter's Beach and cottages. The well-known Theatre-by-the-Sea playhouse is also in Matunuck and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Also well known Ocean Mist and Tara's Joyce Family Pub are located directly on the beach in Matunuck and are under constant threat of erosion issues. In the 80's there were three commercial fishing boats (Snow’s and Campbell’s Chowder) dredging large sea clams of the coast of Matunck and Green Hill. That dredging process destroyed the sea kelp field that buffered the coast from storms leaving the coastline defenseless against erosion. Since the late 80’s the Matunck coast erosion takes 1.3 feet of beach each year.

External links

  • Boston Globe, "Perry good time" by Paul E. Kandarian, March 18, 2008

Coordinates: 41°22′42″N 71°32′45″W / 41.37833°N 71.54583°W / 41.37833; -71.54583


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