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Newport, RI Old Quarter

  
  
  
  

Just a short stroll or drive from the Ivy Lodge Bed and breakfast, Newport, RI, is the arts and Culture neighborhood of Newport RI; History still thrives in the old quarter. Stately trees and striking 18th- and 19th- century building, including the country’s largest collection of Colonial houses are clustered in the oldest area of Newport called “The point”. In the heart of this city -by -the sea you can explore museums, places of worship, and other fascinating sites that document Newport’s role as America’s welcoming harbor of religious freedom. Experience the Old Quarter’s living history in its galleries, shops, taverns, restaurants and on the vibrant streets of this timeless arts-and-culture neighborhood. 

Discover Newport’s old quarter by parking your car and taking a walk into three centuries of American history and architecture. Starting with the Newport Historical Society’s (circa 1762) museum shop at the brick market you can pick-up a map of the Old quarter; The map will move you efficiently through the neighborhood to the Touro synagogue (circa 1763) The oldest longest operating synagogue of America, take the tour of the synagogue and the museum and read what George Washington said to the congregation, it is a proud moment in American heritage. 

Next on the list is the Newport Art Museum and Art Association (circa 1864) the exhibits are beautiful, again, make time to shop the griffon shop, lots of wonderful things are placed on consignment here, it’s hit or miss, but well worth exploring. 

Because of its close proximity to the art museum, cross Redwood Street to the north and visit the redwood library and Athenaeum (circa 1747) it’s free and gives you an added bonus of viewing http://www.newportrestoration.org/visit/whitehorne/their art collection as well as original books. 

By now, you may be hungry, on your way to the Whitehorne house (circa 1739) you may want to stop- off at two of the most popular wharfs in Newport: Bowen’s and Bannister’s wharf. These wharfs have multiple choices for lunch were sitting inside or out will afford you views of the Narragansett bay and the majestic boats/yachts that are moored here each season.

 Moving on, the Newport Colony House (circa 1739) Rhode Island’s first government Building and state house, it is still in use today.

 Again, for historical buildings of worship; The Great friends meeting house (circa 1699) Guided tours, the oldest surviving house of worship in Newport, it was built by the Quakers.

 If you have not had lunch by now, your next stop is the White Horse Tavern (circa 1699) One of America’s oldest taverns still in operation. Open for lunch and dinner.

 Continuing with additional colonial architecture, The Wanton-Lyman-Hazard house (circa 1697) Guided tours, the site of Newport’s 1765 Stamp Act riot, this house is the best example of early colonial vernacular architecture in New England. 

To cover an additional denomination; The Seventh day Baptist http://www.newporthistorical.org/index.php/properties/wanton-lyman-hazard-house/Meeting House (Circa 1730) Guided tours, the oldest surviving Baptist church in America; its restored interior includes an intricately carved pulpit and stair. 

For additional historic details, the Newport Historical society, devoted to preserving books, collections, manuscripts, and objects pertaining to Newport’s history. 

If you enjoy, cemeteries . . . we do! The Colonial Jewish Burying Grounds (circa 1677) served as the cemetery for New England’s Jews throughout the 17th and 18th centuries. 

To enjoy some green space, the Old Stone Mill, Touro Park (around 1660) for decades the mill was attributed to Viking explorers, although it was actually built for the first governor of Rhode island, Benedict Arnold (great-grandfather of the patriot/traitor), who once lived near a similar windmill in “old England”. 

Contributing to Newport’s quintessential New England harbor front is the Trinity Church (circa 1726) the various shapes and sizes of its box pews reflect the individuality of the congregation’s original members. 

The armory, the artillery company, a ceremonial unit of the Rhode Island Militia, was charted in 1741 by Britain’s King George II. The company in 1845 built the Armory, which is now a museum.

 This may sound like a lot in one day. The tour can be done in one day or broken-up into two days. The beauty of this tour is as enjoyable as the historical knowledge of American history. 

To learn more about tours and historic sites of Newport, RI, contact the Ivy Lodge at 1-800-834-6865 or E-mail us at innkeepers@ivylodge.com

For lodging information: www.ivylodge.com

 

 

 

 

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