Friday-Monday, August 10-13, the Town of Cumberland, RI presents its annual
Cumberland Fest 2007 inside scenic Diamond Hill Park, Route 114
(Diamond Hill Road.)
This ultimate family fun
town wide celebration is organized by community volunteers and offers an
array of amusement rides, food, children’s activities, fireworks and more!
for its great live and local entertainment, Cumberland Fest will present
noted local bands and performers, which include; Kids Rock in the Park on
Friday August 10, Steve Smith & the Nakeds on Saturday, August 11; and the
Mark Phelps Band on Sunday, August 12.
Cumberland was one of five
towns received from Massachusetts by Royal Decree. The Town was known as
Attleboro Gore until 1746, when it was incorporated in Rhode Island as the
Town of Cumberland, named in honor of William, the Duke of Cumberland.
Cumberland's early industrial growth centered on the abundant water power of
the Blackstone and Abbott Run Rivers. Minerals such as iron and copper were
once mined in Cumberland.
The town was once known as
the mineral deposit of New England because of the extensive mineral deposits
within its border. Several shafts over one hundred years old are still
visible, but mineral deposits are no longer commercially mined. Today,
manufacturing and retail trade are the largest sources of income in
Cumberland. The continued industrial and commercial growth has contributed
greatly to Cumberland's tax base.
The Town still retains its
early rural charm even with the steady growth in industry, commerce and
population. Cumberland's country atmosphere, convenient location, and
continued growth make this town an excellent choice for residence and
For an update on
Cumberland Fest and entertainment schedule, contact the town’s Parks
Department office at 401-334-9996, or on the web at