Do You Know Your Rhode Island State Symbols?

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(almost) Everyone knows that Rhode Island is the smallest state in the nation, right? That may be a given.... but do you know the Rhode Island State Bird? The State Drink? The State Flower? "The Family Guy" cartoon may help some of you, but here are a few well known and hardly known facts about "Little Rhody", "The Thirteenth State", "The Ocean State":

The State Flag: Rhode Island's motto is "Hope".

State Shell: The Quahog of course!!!

The State Bird: The Rhode Island Red Hen

The State Fruit: The Rhode Island Greening Apple (Malus Domestica)

The State Flower: The Violet.

The State Tree: Red Maple (Acer Rubrum)

The State Fish: The Striped Bass (Striper)

The State Yacht (yes, we have a state yacht!): Courageous (1977 America's Cup winner)

The State Mineral: Bowenite (Considered a semi-precious stone, discovered by George T. Bowen, commonly found in Northern Rhode Island)

The State Rock: Cumberlandite (slightly magnetic, most commonly found in Cumberland of course!)

The State Drink: Coffee Milk

The State Lemonade: Del's Lemonade

The State Landmark: The Big Blue Bug (Nibbles Woodaway)


The State Song: "Rhode Island, It's For Me" is the official state song of Rhode Island. The lyrics were written by Charlie Hall and the music was written by Maria Day. It was adopted as the State Song in 1996, replacing "Rhode Island," by T. Clarke Browne, which became the official State March:


I’ve been to every state we have,
and I think I’m inclined
to say that Rhody stole my heart:
You can keep the forty-nine.

Herring gulls that dot the sky,
blue waves that paint the rocks,
water rich with Neptune’s life,
the boats that line the docks.

I see the lighthouse flickering
to help the sailors see.
There’s a place for everyone:
Rhode Island It's for Me.

Rhode Island, oh Rhode Island
surrounded by the sea.
Some people roam the earth for home;
Rhode Island It's for Me.

I love the fresh October days,
the buzz on College Hill,
art that moves an eye to tear,
a jewelers special skill.

Icicles refract the sun,
snow falling gracefully.
Some search for a place that’s warm:
Rhode Island It's for Me!

Rhode Island, oh Rhode Island
surrounded by the sea.
Some people roam the earth for home;
Rhode Island It's for Me.

The skyline piercing Providence,
the State House dome so rare.
residents who speak their minds;
no longer unaware!

Roger Williams would be proud
to see his colony,
so don’t sell short this precious port:
Rhode Island It's for Me!

Rhode Island, oh Rhode Island
surrounded by the sea.
Some people roam the earth for home;
Rhode Island It's for Me.

Rhode Island, oh Rhode Island
surrounded by the sea.
Some people roam the earth for home;
Rhode Island It's for Me.

Brings a tear to the eye, doesn't it? :)

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Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI
Wow...that was really nice!  I was born in Newport, RI (my dad was in the Navy) but I have not been there since a baby .....  thanks for the info!
Nov 26, 2007 03:39 PM #1
Gail Gladstone
Gladstone Group & Long Island Business Brokerage - Huntington, NY
Brokering Success

Richard, I was born in Rhode Island and carted away at an early age.  I come back as often as possible...even did 1/2 year at Hope High School while visiting my cousin, Marcia Reback.

As a matter of fact, this Long Island Realtor, just spent the weekend in Providence.  It will always be where my heart and soul is.  One day, I will return there for good.

I never knew all these details about Rhode Island, only that I was born in the Lying In Hospital in a year we will not mention.

Gail Gladstone, Long Island Realtor

Nov 26, 2007 03:40 PM #2
Bob & Carolin Benjamin
Benjamin Realty LLC - Gold Canyon, AZ
East Phoenix Arizona Homes
Nifty photos. Thanks for sharing them.
Nov 26, 2007 03:54 PM #3
Bill Roberts
Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate - Oceanside, CA
"Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner

Rich, I'm a native Californian and proud of it. I can appreciate somebody who is proud of their home state also. Good for you.

Bill Roberts

Nov 26, 2007 04:00 PM #4
Rosario Lewis
DDR Realty - Newburgh, NY
GRI, SRES - DDR Realty - Orange County, NY
I read recently that Pennsylvania is considering changing their state flag. Seems sacrilegious, doesn't it?
Nov 26, 2007 05:24 PM #5
Jackie Peraza
Perceptions AdverStaging(TM), LLC - Framingham, MA
Home Stager - Framingham, Massachusetts

Richard - fun post with great pictures.  You had me until the big blue bug!  Actually, my favorite NE beaches are in RI - I'd rather drive to RI where the water seems warmer and the crowds are smaller. 


Nov 26, 2007 05:50 PM #6
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495


I had no idea any state had an official drink!  But let me introduce you to my home state's official fish.  Now that's a State Fish!  Just kidding.  LOL 

Thanks so much for making my friend John Hurbon welcome to Active Rain.  It's lonesome out there in Benson, AZ.

Mike in Tucson

Nov 26, 2007 08:28 PM #7
Martinelli Caputi
Martinelli Caputi & Associates, Ltd. - Warwick, RI
& Associates, Ltd.

Celeste:  Thanks for the comment!  All the way from Hawaii!  Wow!  Well Rhode Island may not have the amazing wildlife and beautiful natural features that are found in the Aloha State, but we do have several of our own gems!  Be sure to visit again someday! 

Gail:  Hope High School is pretty close to my home in Providence.  Glad to see you make it back to Rhode Island every once and a while!  When you do "come back for good," be sure to give me a buzz!  Cheers!

Bob and Carolin:  Glad to hear you liked them!

Bill:  It's good to be proud of your home State/home town!  Thanks!

Jackie:  RI beaches are better!  Less crowds, a bit warmer water, and the best local seafood nearby!  My favorites are surf friendly Narragansett, the easy parking and access of Scarborough, the quiet, tucked-away locations of Second and Third Beach (Middletown), and the ever-popular Misquamicut (Westerly).

Rosario:  Say it ain't so?!!!  What are they changing it to?  Here's an interesting blog about the topic.  Hmmm... looks like they just want to add the word "Pennsylvania" to the flag.  Interesting.  Dumbing down the flag to make it more recognizable?  What will they think of next?  All I know is that we don't have the State name on the flag here in RI and MA and it seems to work just fine.  :)

Mike:  You are a riot!  Nice fish picture!  Now that's a fish story!!!  Is that a real picture?  What is that?  A 100 pound rainbow trout?  lol!

Nov 27, 2007 01:46 AM #8
Jackie Peraza
Perceptions AdverStaging(TM), LLC - Framingham, MA
Home Stager - Framingham, Massachusetts

Richard, I purposefully did not mention which beaches - some secrets are better left unshared - now you've gone and listed some of the best.  What are you trying to do, turn the area into it's own little Cape Cod? And yes, the seafood is AWESOME! 

Good golly, that is one large fish Mike has up there - I'd have been afraid to reel 'im in, thinking he'd attack me!


Nov 27, 2007 02:13 AM #9
Karen Hurst
Rhode Island Waterfront!

Hi Rich,

Did you forget someone?Mr potato head:)

Nov 30, 2007 09:38 AM #10
Sean Wheelan
Qivana - Warwick, RI

You can't leave out Mr. Potato Head! Though I never quite understood how Mr. P. became part of the RI culture.

 As a 3rd Generation Rhode Islander, I get a kick out of this kind of stuff. I can'y say I was aware of the State mineral or that we had a state yacht though!

 Here's one I'll add (speaking of yachts)...If I'm not mistaken, the longest winning streak in sports history is held by the Newport yacht club. I believe they won the America's Cup every time for more than 80 years!


Dec 07, 2007 05:50 AM #11
Kent Friday

Does RI have a "state cookie"?  If so, what is it?  If not, why not?

Jun 11, 2008 05:08 AM #12
Kathleen Ann Pacheco-Corbett
(FIRST Exclusive Buyer's Office Providence-RI) - Providence, RI
Realtor, RI-MA, CEBA, Master, e-Pro, ABR, ABRM, GR

Hi Rich,

Love your images and your selection of RI best. Thank you for sharing. I ♥ RI, too. I am a Rhode Islander from birth at Memorial hospital many moons ago. I am proud  to say that I call RI my home.

To add to your list of foods, we need to mention

"Johnnycake. Also jonnycake' and jonny cake." A form of pancake traditionally made with Rhode Island ground flint ("Indian"). The name has been in print at least as early as 1739. Some authorities believe it may derive from an Indian word for flat cornmeal cakes, joniken

New York System Hot Weiners Down in Olneyville

BTW a fact: Rhode Island is the only state that still celebrates Victory Day (the end of WWII) as an official state holiday.

Jun 16, 2010 07:35 AM #13

thank you I love you 

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