Rumford is a village located within East Providence, Rhode Island. The village’s primary claim to fame is that Rumford baking powder was originated there. The baking soda was, and still is, manufactured at Rumford Chemical Works.
Roger Williams was a religious dissenter who founded the area. Around the year 1636, Williams purchased the area from the Native Americans (believed to be Wampanoag) who occupied the land. He named the entire area “Providence” since he felt it was God's providence for him to escape religious persecution.
Rumford has a little more than twenty restaurants. There are variety of cuisines to choose from including Italian, American, bistro-style, and Mexican.
There are five elementary schools in the East Providence area. Most of them have fewer than 400 students enrolled. Older children attend the Edward R. Martin Middle School for grades 6-8. The East Providence High School educates children in grades 9-12. The famed Brown University is just a few miles away from Rumford.
Since Rumford is a suburb of Providence, commute times to work are easily under 20 minutes for most workers.