According to the Rhode Island Atlas in 1988, the word Shannock…is of Indian origin and means morning star or squirrel.
As with many of our villages, a river running through the village is the boundary between Richmond and, in this case, the Town of Charlestown. Mills once dominated the economy in the village. The railroad tracks are also nearby. Once the mills closed, it wasn’t soon after the trains ceased stopping in Shannock: