"Beehive of Industry" to Creative Capital. New England's third largest city.
Providence, Rhode Island was founded in 1636, making it one of the oldest cities in the United States. The early colony was founded by Roger Williams, who left the Massachusetts Bay Colony to found the First Baptist Church in America. The congregation remains today, in a house of worship constructed in 1776. The city of Providence is largely a service and industrial economy. Seven institutions of higher learning are located in the city, including the Ivy League Brown University. The city is largely accessible to the disabled and wheelchair users, making it an easy to visit city in New England.