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    Thames Street

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Oct 26, 2011

    Newport's thriving downtown waterfront area is anchored by Thames Street. This busy boulevard is lined with bars, restaurants, shops and historic homes. The street runs about 1.5 miles in a north south direction, with the harbor just to the west and Bellevue Street up the hill several blocks east.

    Historic structures on Thames Street include the David Bramen Sr. House (c 1706), the Phillip Stevens House (c 1745), the Solomon Thornton-Elizabeth Wilder House (c 1683), the Hathaway-Macomber House (c 1715), the Captain William Read House (c 1740-1760), the The Richardson-Peckham House (c 1735-1755), the Clarke Burdick House (c 1835), the Joseph Record House (c 1835), Whitehorne House (c 1811), the James Boone House (c 1795), and the John Whitehorne House (c 1750).

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    Burlingame State Park

    by chodearm Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Pulling into Easton Beach we were on a scavenger hunt for places to sleep. We wanted a canopy of stars but instead ended up beneath a canopy of pine. We were directed here by local opinion. 700 and something campsites settled in between these trees. With a 3 minute drive to the beach or a 35 minute drive to Newport, Rhode Island, this was to be a perfect settling for the night. The lines we were presented with upon arrival numbered 50 persons or more, but even though, space was still vacant. Try to arrive early as it seems this place will definately fill.

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  • National Museum of American Illustration

    by TheNMAI Updated Feb 10, 2011

    National Museum of American Illustration (NMAI) is situated in Vernon Court, a Gilded Age mansion (1898), surrounded by formal gardens derived from King Henry VIII’s Hampton Court Palace. Vernon Court is on the Natl. Register of Historic Places with interiors derived from Versailles. The NMAI focuses on original illustration artworks created to be reproduced in books, periodicals, advertising and in other print media. Featured artists include: Norman Rockwell, Maxfield Parrish, Howard Pyle, JC Leyendecker, Jessie Willcox Smith, NC Wyeth and 75 others.

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    Ocean Avenue

    by Gypsystravels Updated Mar 4, 2010

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    One of the most beautiful parts of Newport must be Ocean Avenue where you drive along this great avenue with beautiful ocean views and wonderful homes.

    There are plenty of places to pull over and stop for a quick pic opt as well.

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    Green Animals Topiary Gardens

    by Herkbert Written Jun 21, 2009

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    The Green Animals is a small country estate that is located in Portsmouth, RI. Considered part of the Preservation Society of Newport's holdings, the estate is basically a topiary garden and historic residence.

    The main attraction is the topiary garden, where you will find a variety of animal shapes cut into the estate's shrubbery. Everything from lions to bears to elephants, not to mention the remaining menagerie.

    It's a nice ride to get there and a beautiful setting to see the gardens. Do take the time to give it a look see.

    Teddy Bears or Ewoks? Elephant Topiary animals
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    Museum of Newport History

    by cjg1 Updated May 7, 2009

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    The Museum of Newport History is located the Old Brick Market building and is owned by the Newport Historical Society. It is a traditional British style market building and was built in 1762 by Peter Harrison. The building houses a museum detailing Newport's history from pre-colonial times to the present.

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  • Too beautiful seaside area, history fort

    by niconwilson Written Mar 30, 2009

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    I am going many place in worldwide but some place always in my mind due to its beauty and locations. One of them is Newport city, which is a greatest and beautiful city ever due to seashore place to be located with lot of entertainment and activities carrying. Seaside city always make a great moment for anybody and enjoyment spread always besides. Best famous reason for that city, its mentions and for hosting Newport festival (folk) as well as other best festival Jazz including also. Some best and evergreen harbor place, likes Cobblestone Street, and brick sidewalk harbor spread lot of entertainment for tourists. In here you gain lots of shop, fun, restaurant, galleries and some best also. We took this information after traveling at there. a short discuss made a best ever green planned at Newport city along with two other friend at a coffee shop at evening time after the office return, always brought our Laptop, after coming our home, after planned all guys reserved stay at Newport by online, all hotels in Newport not too expensive, but some were, but we reserved some best cheap hotels in Newport at near by seaside area, because in front of beach discount hotels always gave a lot of enjoyment every time. After runoff our city, met another our best friend in school time, during shopping, told his about tour so they asked to us, may I also went with us, not bad for us, join us they after agreed, bag packed for Newport city and went to Newport city, it was ten day off during the summer time, arrived at airport of new port, too beautiful and fresh air inside the atmosphere, few hours went to our reserved hotel rooms, too nice it was, inside and out side both, rooms also too big and looked also some best amenities, atmosphere to rooms was also great, all guys, stayed in two rooms, one rooms stayed two guys, reached to our rooms after noon therefore I was too more time for traveling in every time, therefore, rest and fresh himself. When we opened his window to our hotel rooms then fresh air come inside the sea area, and beach area to be awesome views show, it was not too far from hotel, just two minute walk distance, after lunch want to walk near by area but so tired during the travel, rest some time, about 4 o clock ready for walking near the seaside area, too many people located at there, I watched at window, went to famous cliffs walk area, which made by the stone and sand, it just played at great walk and about 5.6 km long distance area, a beautiful walk, you could see awesome views at new England area, I saw a great views, inside the area you can saw wildlife, any time and about walking to feel about Atlantic sea. In night time took a great dinner at Flos Clam Shack, where huge dishes of seafood to located, many time during the trip, we ate at there, due to his awesome delicious food. Next day, saw and took enjoyment at Breton Point state park, and Fort Adams, it was too awesome and great history carried with us a long time. Also watched Fort Adams parks.
    Mansions are too famous at there, so I went there some best place like Astor’s Beechwood Mansion, The Breakers, Chepstow, The Elms, Hunter house, Kingscote, Marble house and some other place with in two day and a half day, also ate some best seafood and other kinds of food at cheap rate. Also watched some best museum and art galleries at Newport city, including museums Museum of Yachting, Naval war museum, Samuel white Horne house museums, and more. One evening went to all gays at Opera House Movies Theater. Fifth day, want to different did with us friend there for planned to visit at Amazing Grace harbor point. Which is the best and evergreen place for walk and visiting. Really, we enjoyed at there much more time. Next early morning went for Skydiving at beach area. It was great time for us, also watch surfing a there. Besides took a lot of enjoyment at public beaches, too awesome time for us, our friend enjoyed at there to much, last met friend thanks for this trip to all, beaches time was too superb and took lots of enjoyment at there two days, sunset timing was always made amazing crowd at beach, too beautiful sunset, fishing also all, at near the fishing spot, just few time walk at beach, swimming, boating two hours all, with hired a boat, nice time I spent at there, and did not forget this, last day, were went for shopping day, last evening time, ate a kinds of meals, before days best meals and variety, got it last day, and made a enormous day in our life, came back next day to our home, nice time it was, spent time very well.

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    State House

    by Gypsystravels Updated Nov 6, 2008

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    Occupying a prime spot here on Historic Hill is the Old State House, or as it sometimes called, the Old Court House.

    The building is made of brick and trimmed with freestone, the basement is high and there are broad steps on three sides which lead to the first floor. On the side next to the "Parade" is a balcony which is used to announce important public events. The name of the governor-elect of Rhode Island is even now proclaimed here after each election.

    I read that the interior staircase is "an interesting example of old colonial work" and in the Senate Chamber a fine full-length portrait of General Washington hangs which Gilbert Stuart painted under commission from the State of Rhode Island, in 1801.

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    Museums: Arts and History

    by peterpainter Updated Jun 24, 2008

    There are other museums in Newport besides the well known mansions.

    Newport has an Art Museum on Bellevue Avenue, right next to the Redwood Library. The Redwood is an excellent visit, and you can walk right over to the Newport Art Museum for art from the 17th century right up to contemporary. There are always a variety of exhibits coming and going. At this writing, there is a show of art quilts.

    A lesser known mansion called Rough Point, with the cliff walk on one side and Bellevue Avenue on the other, was the home of Doris Duke. It is now a house museum that has a stunning collection of paintings, European antique furniture, Chinese ceramics, and some of Duke's amazing wardrobe. The only caveat: the $25 price of entry. However if you appreciate architecture, decorative arts, painting, fabulous clothing, or all of these, it is well worth the price. The tour guides have much information to share.

    Also, it should not be overlooked that Touro Synagogue, America's oldest, is open for tours. It is a fascinating look back to our country's founding, and one of the most purely beautiful examples of 18th c. architecture on the East Coast. Newport has always been a haven of religious tolerance. Walking distance from the Synagogue is the Quaker Meeting House, which is a simple and handsome building, though not regularly open to the public.

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    Perry Statue

    by Gypsystravels Updated May 28, 2008

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    Located here in Washington Park at Historic Hill is a statue commemerating Commadore Oliver Perry, of "Lake Erie fame".

    He served in the War of 1812 against Britain and earned the nickname "Hero of Lake Erie" for leading American forces in a decisive naval victory at the Battle of Lake Erie.

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    Kings Park and Rochambeau Statue

    by Gypsystravels Updated May 15, 2008

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    Here in Kings Park you will find a statue commerating Jean Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, Comte de Rochambeau who was implemental in winning a 4 year war in only 15 months.

    Rochambeau arrived off the shore or Newport, RI on July 11, 1780, with a fleet of ships and about six thousand men. With the help of Washington he planned and directed exemplary combined operations that explored besieging British-held New York City which eventually led to the campaign that captured the British General Cornwallis and his army at Yorktown, Virginia.

    The statue overlooks the beautiful Newport Harbour with views of the bridge.

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    Army and Navy YMCA

    by Gypsystravels Updated May 14, 2008

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    The Old Army and Navy YMCA was built in 1911 by a Mrs. Thomas Emery, a Newport socialite, to serve visiting Army and Navy personnel. This elaborate, five-story Beaux-Arts style building had over 100 rooms, a cafeteria, a laundry, a bank, and a recreational facility. Although Mrs. Emery intended the facility to be functional it still remains as a handsome building.

    The first floor facade is a finished white ashlar and the white brick wall fabric of the upper floors is surmounted by an altered stone cornice, decorated with painted terra cotta reliefs, and a flat roof. There are also five carved moldings surrounding the doorway and windows on the first floor with an elaborate stone entablature which separates the first and second floors.

    It conducted an active social program and was a haven for servicemen until the Navy pullout forced its closure in 1973.

    The structure is no longer used as a YMCA and it is no longer affiliated in any way with the United States Navy. The current structure is currently used as a community services and low-cost (Section 8) housing.

    The Old Army & Navy YMCA

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    The Children's Play House.......!!**#*!!!!!!

    by Pawtuxet Updated Apr 6, 2008

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    This little building was in truth, the children's play house. Built by the Vanderbilts for the kids to have a nice place to play dolls.....or whatever. Perhaps a little tea party now and then.
    Not bad overlooking the ocean with an enormous lawn out front.

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    Trinity Church of Newport ... c.1726

    by Pawtuxet Updated Apr 4, 2008

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    A classic white wooden early church of Newport....this one is worth the trip up the hill across the street from the Brick Marketplace. I've included other photos of the church interiors. This is an early Episcopalian church which Cornelius Vanderbilt attended. There are significant historic features within the church and usually there is a knowledgeable parishoner who acts as a guide to answer questions.
    There is a linear park that tumbles down the hill from the Trinity Church to the cobblestone streets of the Brick Marketplace, and overlooks the wharf area with all the sailboats and pleasure craft along the docks. It's a great place to sun yourself and rest your feet. Given to the city by one of the Millionairesses, Doris Duke, she wanted the people to enjoy her beloved Newport and have an open space for enjoyment. So glad she did this.

    Interior Trinity Church
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    Where Jack & Jacqueline Kennedy married...

    by Pawtuxet Updated Apr 4, 2008

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    Just around the corner from the brick market area, you pass the church where Jacqueline Bouvier married Jack Kennedy in those heady days of Camelot in the United States. This is a beautiful church which is well worth the stop.

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