Cumberland was once the mining capital of New England because of its extensive mineral deposits of iron ore which was used to make cannons. Today, the country atmosphere and convenient location make this town a popular place to live.
Located in the northeastern corner of Rhode Island about eight miles from Providence, Cumberland has a plethora of large lovely brick buildings, which reflect a luminescent flutter of light bouncing of the Blackstone River on its western boundary. The Diamond Hill Reservoir known as the Pawtucket Upper Reservoir Dam, used for drinking water purposes, has a surface area of 390 acres. The gorgeous sunsets and views of the reservoir are breathtaking in all seasons. Large new homes are in many neighborhoods, but the suburban/rural fabric of the town is maintained. Diamond Hill Park is perfect for revitalizing country day sledding in the winter, or hiking and picnicking in the spring. Cumberland even has a vineyard which has been producing world class wines and gifts for decades. Its mill villages and rolling countryside laced with rustic farmhouses surrounded by original stonewalls and plentiful streams are an ideal scenery for any lifestyle.
Cumberland is made up of 10 villages: Abbott Run, Arnold Mills, Ashton, Berkeley, Cumberland Hill, Cumberland Mills, Diamond Hill, Grants Mills, Lonsdale (also in Lincoln) and Valley Falls.