Beginning in April and running through November, on the third Saturday of the month at 11am, Newport History Tours presents 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 and active duty military with ID. 401.841.8770
September 17, 2016 at 11am
A Gardener’s History of Bellevue Landscapes
The well-manicured lawns and carefully cultivated gardens of Newport’s Gilded Age estates were as important as the famous “cottages”. Maintaining them was a herculean effort. Join Frank Amaral, Newport Restoration Foundation Head Landscaper, and Harry Eudenbach, historian and author of Estate Gardeners of Newport, on a walking tour that explores the stories of the gardeners, both past and present, who have worked at many of Newport’s finest homes. Tour includes a stop at a local greenhouse and a look at historic gardening tools. Details about the tour departure point will be given when reservations are made.
October 15, 2016 at 11am
Photographing Stones and Souls in the Common Burying Ground
The stones and sites in cemeteries have captivated people for decades. Newport’s Common Burying Ground provides a wealth of images waiting to be photographed. The material, craftsmanship and aging of the stones resting in this unique setting provide an unlimited opportunities to capture remarkable images. Appropriate for photographers of all skill levels; the ground is uneven, proper footwear is recommended. Don’t forget your camera!
October 29, 2016 at 11am Special Halloween weekend tour
Common Burying Ground
Explore the Common Burying Ground. Learn about the stone carvers, their art and the diverse people buried there who helped shape Newport’s history.
November 19, 2016 at 11am
Bricks, Sticks & The Vernon House
Discover Newport’s exquisitely preserved architecture, from the colonial era to the Victorian splendor of lower Bellevue Avenue. This tour stops inside the Vernon House, one of the most lavish buildings in colonial Newport. Explore the architecture and craftsmanship of this Georgian home including its remarkable Chinoiserie parlor panels which are believed to be unique in colonial America.