The Port of Davisville at Quonset Point is the fifth largest port for automobile shipping in North America. The port brings in over 30 million dollars in revenue per year and is one of the state’s major employers.
The Quonset Hut, a lightweight galvanized steel structure developed during World War I, got its name from Quonset Point Navel Air Station in Davisville, Rhode Island, where it was first manufactured.
Between 150,000 and 170,000 Quonset huts were manufactured during World War II. After the war the structures were sold to the public for a variety of uses. Many remain in use as outbuildings or military museums to this day. Quonset hut kits can still be purchased, and some of the structures have been retrofit as dwellings.