This southwestern Rhode Island community sits along the Connecticut border and had had a bucolic history which is now being challenged by new developments. Hopkinton is a community of forests, state parks and management areas. Hopkinton’s growth should continue as the town is bisected by I-95 giving it easy access to the growing southeastern Connecticut market as well as an easy 40-minute drive into Providence.



History of Hopkinton, RI


Hopkinton was established in 1669, as a part of the Town of Westerly, as were Richmond and Charlestown. However, after the people petitioned the General Assembly to divide it, the town of Hopkinton was incorporated on March 14, 1757. Hopkinton was named in honor of Stephen Hopkins, who was then Governor of Rhode Island, and also a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

In the years prior to its independence, the Hopkinton side of the Pawcatuck River was the religious, business and civic center of Westerly. Even earlier, the entire Misquamicutt Region located in the southwestern part of what was then Narragansett County, was inhabited by Indian Tribes. Today there is evidence of the former presence of Indians thousands of years ago in Hopkinton – the Indian Rock Shelters, Indian Signal Rocks, and numerous other artifacts. At the point where Hopkinton, Richmond, and Westerly crossed paths, stood the first Meeting House in Southern Rhode Island, built by the Seventh Day Baptists in 1680. One member of the church was Samuel Ward, governor of Rhode Island, who later joined in the founding of Brown University.

Similar to other Rhode Island cities and towns the early settlements in Hopkinton were centered around its rivers. On Wood River were Barberville, Hope Valley and Woodville; on Brushy Brook and its tributaries were Rockville, Centerville, Moscow, and Locustville; on the Cononchet River was Ashville; on the Ashawog River were Bethel and Ashaway; and on the Pawcatuck River was Burdickville. Each of these little villages has an interesting history of its own.

For example, one of the early trades in Ashaway was blacksmithing. This village is also known throughout the world because here is located the Ashaway Line & Twine Mfg. Co., a manufacturer of top quality sport fishing lines and products. On January 20, 1939, Ashaway placed the first commercial product made of nylon on the market- the Ashaway Nylon Bait Casting Line.

n 1876, and again in 1976, during the Bicentennial Celebration, Hopkinton took great pride in participating in the celebration of America. There was a comprehensive program for Bicentennial activity, and Hopkinton received an American Revolution Bicentennial certificate and flag designating Hopkinton as a bicentennial community.


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Today, Hopkinton is still a rural town. Recreation is highlighted in Hopkinton with fresh water fishing facilities, parks and numerous campgrounds. Hopkinton is one of the popular vacation areas of southern Rhode Island and convenient to miles of ocean front beaches. Camp Yawgoo, operated by the Narragansett Council, Boy Scouts of America, and located in Rockville, is one of the largest Boy Scout camps in the United States.

Hopkinton is found at 41.461 N latitude and 71.778 W longitude and borders Richmond and Charlestown. It is on the Pawcatuck River on the Connecticut border.

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 7,836 people, 2,965 households, and 2,182 families residing in the town. There were 3,112 housing units at an average density of 72.4 per square mile (27.9/km²).  The town has a total area of 44.1 square miles (114 km2), of which, 43.0 square miles (111 km2) of it is land and 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2) of it (2.58%) is water.

Hopkinton is the southernmost town along Rhode Island’s portion of Interstate 95; as such it is the first Rhode Island town that northbound travelers encounter.


Hopkinton Public Schools:


Hope Valley Elementary School

Hope Valley, RI
(401) 539-2321

Ashaway Elementary School

Ashaway, RI
(401) 377-2211

Chariho Regional Middle School


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About Dan


I would like to a take this opportunity to introduce myself, and my abbreviated life story so that you will feel comfortable with who I am and confident in working with me on your real estate transaction.

I was born in CT then moved to Springfield Illinois, Missouri Valley Iowa, East Greenbush New York and finally in RI. My Dad and Mom decided after a number of years of working at Pfizer in Groton CT that my Dad should follow his heart and become a minister for God and so he packed up their 5 young boys and moved to Springfield to attend 5 years of the Seminary to become a Lutheran minister. With my Mom and Dad both working 3-4 part time jobs juggling school and family they succeeded on his dream and we move to Iowa for his first church assignment.

I had the very best parents God could provide as they instilled a great work ethic, always do the right thing and never ever give up. Life was difficult financially and nothing was ever given to us so we were taught the basic fundamental values of you get what you work for. This instilled a very positive outlook on life and helped me develop my strong work ethic and attitude of never ever give up and always “do the right thing” as my Dad would say. During my school years I played as a four-sport athlete and was All State in Soccer and this also developed my competitive spirit to strive for excellence and perfection.

Fast forward to my first job working at Pfizer (yes that is where my Dad worked) where I reached the proverbial glass ceiling in Analytical Research after 16 years. A co-worker challenged me that I could not sell real estate in the worst real estate market in history in 1988. Oh Boy he did not know about my desire to excel and my positive attitude. I jumped in with both feet and left Pfizer for a full time career in Real Estate Sales and I have never looked back.

My Real Estate career in RI, CT and MA took off and in less than 4 years I was ranked as the #1 selling real estate agent in the 6 New England States for RE/MAX and sold 124 homes by myself. No one in RI has since sold that many residential resale listings by one person. To this day I keep a very high level of production of sales and have employed a full time administrative support staff to make sure every deal goes smoothly and my clients get superior service at no extra costs. My biggest concern with every

transaction I am involved with is that each client works with ME and my full time administrative support staff allows me to spend one on one time with each client.

A little bit about my family that I am so proud of and inspires me to work hard every day so that I can provide for them and enjoy my time off with them. My wife Marguerite of 38 years and counting (yes we got married early at 21 years old) and prior to that we dated for 4 years in High School. She is the hardest worker (great inspiration for me) and is always giving of herself and to others. She has set the standard as a standout employee at Westerly Hospital for 38+ years. We have two awesome sons Ryan 34 married to Beth with their two adorable twin daughters Madison and Hannah now 3 years old. Our youngest son Nick 30 married to Alicia with their handsome son Kaeson now 7 months. I love doing projects with them whether it is ripping apart and remodeling Nick and Alicia’s home or building a huge patio with concrete pavers and fire pit this last summer for Ryan and Beth.

When time permits I hit the golf course and one of the items on my bucket list was to win a club championship, which I did in 2010 at Fenner Hill Golf Club. Now some other items on my to do list are, for Marguerite and I to attend the Masters Golf tournament, Go to Hawaii, Visit Italy and spend time snorkeling in the Grand Cayman Islands.

Thanks for learning a little more about me and I hope to some day help you with your real estate needs or just have a cup of coffee.

Dan Liese “the hard working nice guy”