A walkable, eclectic downtown full of independent shops and restaurants help make downtown Westerly a great spot to stroll on a laid-back afternoon. But the jewel of the westernmost town on the Rhode Island shore might be Wilcox Park, a 16-acre oasis that forms the grounds of the local library.
Harriet Wilcox donated the land in 1898 in memory of her husband, Stephen Wilcox. She wanted the space to be a “walking park” for local residents. Today it is a perfect place to walk or rest, with paths that wind past notable trees, gardens, monuments, and charming fountains and statues. Special events like fairs and concerts are also held in the park.