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    Newport Restaurant Week

    by cjg1 Updated Mar 30, 2015

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    Newport Restaurant Week happens for one week during the Fall and Spring. Our most recent trip to Newport was during their Restuarant week in March 2015. We chose to dine at our favorite restaurant in Newport for dinner; The White Horse Tavern and enjoy a nice lunch at the Midtown Oyster Bar. The menus are specifically for restaurant week at most places and they do not offer their usual menu items. Some restuarants do offer their regular menu items in addition to their special RW menu so look ahead online to see menu offering before you book a table.

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    Newport and the Tall Ships

    by Basaic Written Jan 2, 2015

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    Newport is one of the biggest homes of tall ships in the country and they host tall ship activities throughout the year. Tall Ships America is headquartered here. It is very interesting seeing these majestic ships cruise through the harbor.

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    Channing Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church

    by Basaic Written Jan 2, 2015

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    The Channing Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church is a very pretty Gothic style church completed in 1881. The church looks out over Touro Park and was for a congregation started by William Ellery Channing an early influence in the Unitarian Movement.

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    Wilbour Ellery House

    by Basaic Written Jan 1, 2015

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    This elegant yet understated Federal style home was built in 1801 by Joshua Wilbour. It was bought in 1809 by William Ellery III the son of William Ellery Jr. who signed the Declaration of Independence.

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    The John Tillinghast House

    by Basaic Written Jan 1, 2015

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    Facing Touro Park is a fine example of academic Georgian architecture built in 1760 for wealthy merchant, John Tillinghast. The home played host to a number of famous people during the Revolutionary War. The Marquis de Chastellux an engineer in the French Army supporting the colonials during the American Revolution stayed here as did General Nathanael Greene. Greene hosted the Marquis de Lafayette and General George Washington here. From 1821 to 1824, William C. Gibbs lived here while he was the governor of Rhode Island. This beautiful home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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    Edward King House

    by Basaic Written Jan 1, 2015

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    Edward King was one of the largest landowners in Newport by 1860. He had made his fortune through economic trade with China. In 1845 he contracted with Richard Upjohn for a large "Italian Villa" (later called "Italianate") style home that was completed in 1847. This home is very impressive and is one of the earliest homes of this style in the country. This home is not located where many of the "Gilded Age" mansions are; it is near the International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum. The home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a National Historic Landmark. One of the latter members of the family to reside here was Nicholas LeRoy King, a journalist and diplomat who was one of the most revered citizens of Newport.

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    Levi Gale House

    by Basaic Written Dec 9, 2014

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    This beautiful example of Greek Revival architecture was designed by famed Rhode Island architect Russell Warren for lawyer Levi H. Gale in 1835. The Greek Revival style was very popular in the early 1800s because many in the new nation identified with the Greeks during their fight for independence from Turkey. Warren designed a few other notable buildings in Newport. The home was built on Washington Square and in 1925 Rhode Island bought the land and buildings on that part of the square to build a courthouse. The people in charge of the Touro Synagogue did not want the building destroyed so they purchased the building and had it moved from Washington Square to a lot by thee synagogue in 1926 for use as a Jewish Community Center. In the 20s and 30s the building was used by a number of community organizations and during World War 2 it was used by the USO. Today it is still a community center and the headquarters for the Society of Friends of Touro Synagogue.

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    Old Naval Academy/Elks Lodge

    by Basaic Written Dec 9, 2014

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    Mr. William T. Potter bought this property in 1844 and built the Atlantic House Hotel. During the Civil War, the Atlantic House Hotel hosted the U. S. Naval Academy when it moved from Annapolis, MD to protect it from Confederate Forces. The hotel was demolished in 1877 to make way for the beautiful Queen Anne home currently located here. The home was designed by architect George C. Mason for Philadelphia businessman Seth B. Stitt and was completed in 1879. The building has belonged to the Elks Organization since 1920, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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    Newport Historical Districts

    by Basaic Written Dec 9, 2014

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    Newport has a great collection of many, many buildings of historical and/or architectural interest. There are about 8 districts and over 60 individual site in Newport listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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    White Horse Tavern

    by Basaic Updated Dec 9, 2014

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    The White Horse Tavern was built around 1673 and is the oldest operating tavern in the United States. While Newport was the capitol of Rhode Island, the state assembly frequented this tavern and reportedly insisted that he Colony House which was built to accommodate the political activities of the colony be built within easy walking (or stumbling?) distance of the tavern. You can get lunch, dinner, or Sunday Brunch here. Hours are 11:30 AM to 9 PM Monday through Thursday, 11:30 to 10 PM Friday and Saturday and 11 AM to 9 PM on Sunday. I did not eat here but did look at the menu. Lots of interesting food but kinda pricey. The White Horse Tavern is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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    Artillery Company of Newport Museum

    by Basaic Written Dec 9, 2014

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    The Artillery Company of Newport was chartered in 1741, during the reign of King George II to protect Newport from attack. That mean the unit has served the town and the country for 273 years. They maintain an interesting military museum in the Newport Armory. The museum tells the story of the artillery company, the evolution of artillery in general, the story of World Wars 1 and 2, and rotating exhibits of other conflicts. They also have a very impressive collection of military uniforms including those of foreign dignitaries like: King Hussein of Jordan; President Anwar Sadat of Egypt; the Duke of Edinburgh and the Duke of Wellington; Colonel Towle the first commander of the Women's Marine Corps; and U.S. Generals like Dwight Eisenhower, Colin Powell, Alexander Haig, and William Westmoreland. They have uniforms from the militaries of over 100 countries. Hours are 10AM to 4 PM Saturdays June through October. Admission is by donation. The building was built in 1836 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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    Yachting Museum

    by Basaic Written Dec 9, 2014

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    Along the waterfront is the International Yacht Restoration School and Museum of Yachting which houses a campus, a library, a marina and other items to teach you about boatbuilding, maritime history, and the history of the influence of the sea on Newport. Newport hosted the America's Cup yacht regatta from 1930 until 1983. Hours are 12 PM to 5 PM Tuesday through Friday.

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    Visit the Museum of Newport History

    by Basaic Updated Nov 22, 2014

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    This brick marketplace was completed in 1862 and was one of the centers of commercial enterprises in Newport at that time. The marketplace was located by Washington Square. Today the building houses a museum depicting the history of Newport from its beginnings as a center of religious freedom, its role in the American Revolution, and its emergence as a resort during the "Gilded Age". It also has neat displays of the great architecture in Newport and the daily lives of its citizens. Like many buildings in Newport, this one was designed by Peter Harrison using the Georgian style of architecture. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Hours are 9 AM to 6 PM daily. Admission is by donation.

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    Newport Welcome Center

    by Basaic Written Nov 21, 2014

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    The best place to start your visit to Newport, after checking out the pages on VT, is the Humphrey J. Donnelly III Welcome Center where the helpful and knowledgeable personnel can provide you with maps of the town, brochures on attractions, and money-saving coupons to help you enjoy your visit based on your interests and budget.

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    Newport

    by Basaic Written Nov 21, 2014

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    Newport is a beautiful city of about 25,000 (down 7% since 2000) located at the intersection of Rhode Island Highways 138 and 114. Newport was established in 1639 and became a part of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations in 1644. The Newport Mercury was started here in 1758 and is arguably one of the first newspapers in the country. The city was besieged by the British during the Revolutionary War. Newport was the capitol of Rhode Island until 1900 when it moved to Providence. In 1953, John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier were married here. Newport is on Aquidneck Island and since it is surrounded by water the sea has been an important part of its history. Newport is the county seat of Newport County although county seats in the state do not serve all the same functions as those in most other states.

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