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In 1816, Wickford Village was a growing community of shipbuilders, farmers, and those involved in coastal trade. The harbor was filled with brigs and schooners, and many were loaded with crops and goods from the area to be shipped to far off places.
On May 3, 1816, a group of residents formed the Baptist Society "for the purpose of building a Meeting House in the Village of Wickford." Allenton Baptist Church, which most of Society members had been attending, had been severely damaged in the
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