In 1730, the Town of Providence was divided into four towns-Providence, Smithfield, Scituate and Glocester. The Town of Glocester was named after Frederick Lewis, Duke of Glocester, who was the son of King George II of England.
Early industry in the town consisted of farming, coal mining, lumber manufacturing, the manufacture of potash, forging, and the manufacture of cotton seed oil. Diverse industries such as cigar making, granite and marble quarrying, distilling, box making, hat manufacturing, and tin smithing have also been conducted in Glocester.
The town of Glocester was immortalized by Rhode Island's renown writer, H.P. Lovecraft. Entranced by the town in 1923, he expressed its picturesque essence in verse, SELECTED LETTERS, LOVECRAFT, H.P., 4 NOVEMBER, 1923.
The Town of Glocester is located in northwestern Rhode Island. It is located in Providence County. The State Capitol, Providence, is approximately 35 minutes to the East.