Little Compton is a coastal town in Newport County, Rhode Island, bounded on the south by the ocean, on the west by the Sakonnet River, on the north by the town of Tiverton, and on the east by Massachusetts and the town of Westport.
The town clings to the past just as it clings to the coast. Little Compton's remote physical isolation, bordered by water on two sides, has left the locale relatively unchanged by late 20th century urban sprawl. A visit to Little Compton is like stepping back in time to pre-war New England. An abundance of historic architecture nestled in its well preserved rural landscape evokes early 20th century America. There are no stoplights or four way intersections. Of the few roadside businesses, most have gravel parking lots rather than asphalt, and the town bans plastic signs. Sleepy, sunlit summer days bring antique vehicle collectors out onto the roadways, as if time stands still.
Little Compton was originally inhabited by the Sakonnet Indians. The name has been interpreted in a variety of ways including "where the water pours forth".