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The James Arnold House, photo circa 1980. The house was built in 1840. Arnold was the grand­son of John Arnold, the area’s first per­ma­nent set­tler. When James’ fa­ther died in 1807, James in­her­ited a large amount of land in the Mar­ket Square area and 100 per­cent of wa­ter rights from the falls. By 1814, he had pur­chased ad­di­tional land un­til he owned all the land on both sides of the river from the falls to what is now So­cial Dis­trict. By the early 19th Cen­tury, he owned much of what is now down­town Woonsocket. As the tex­tile in­dus­try in Woonsocket grew, James built mills, shops and store­houses but never be­came in­volved in the tex­tile in­dus­try him­self. The for­mer man­sion of James Arnold, lo­cated on Arnold Street in the city, is now an apart­ment build­ing.

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Woonsocket His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety
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Ernest A. Brown photo

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