Explore Newport’s history in greater depth during the Tour of the Month. Beginning in April and running through November, on the third Saturday of the month at 11am, Newport History Tours will present a tour on a focused topic by a guest guide. Reservations required as space is limited. Tours cost $15 per person, $10 Newport Historical Society members. 401.841.8770
September 21, 2013 at 11am Sold Out!
Peter Harrison’s Newport
This walking tour features the work of 18th century Anglo-American Peter Harrison, who is often declared America’s first architect. Join Professor Ron Onorato and investigate several buildings that Harrison designed such as the Redwood Library and Touro Synagogue. The tour concludes by visiting the Bowler-Vernon House on Clarke Street, attributed to Harrison, to view its well preserved interior and to discuss residences that Harrison designed in other New England coastal towns.
October 19, 2013 at 11am
Miantonomi Park Tree Walk & History Tour
Join Newport Tree Warden and Buildings & Grounds Supervisor Scott Wheeler for a historical and horticultural tour of Miantonomi Park. Enjoy one of Newport’s largest uncultivated open spaces, learning about its many species of trees while exploring remnants of colonial fortifications, an unusual geological formation, and of course, Miantonomi Tower itself. Climb the tower, which is normally closed to the public, and enjoy a 360-degree view of Aquidneck Island and its surroundings.
October 26, 2013 at 11am
Washington Square and Queen Ann Square have evolved into emblematic Newport sites. Both town centers reflect Newport’s colonial history and the city’s role in historic preservation. On this walking tour, learn about the historic buildings, important organizations and famous Americans who have influenced the evolution of these public spaces.