Tour of the Month

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

The William Vernon House

The William Vernon House

July 16, 2016 at 11am
French in Newport
Explore the heart of 18th century Newport and discuss the year-long period when roughly 12,000 French soldiers and sailors lived alongside Newport citizens during the American Revolution. Learn how the French contribution to the Revolutionary War was vital to the success of American Independence—and it began in Newport. After the tour, attendees can enjoy a 30 minute tour of the William Vernon House, which once one of the grandest homes in colonial Newport and served as the headquarters of General Rochambeau during the French occupation of the city during the American Revolution. Now a private residence, enjoy a rare opportunity to explore this Newport treasure which explores the architectural craftsmanship of the building along with the remarkable Chinoiserie parlor panels, believed to be unique in colonial America.

William Ellery Channing, from the NHS collection.

William Ellery Channing, from the NHS collection.

August 20, 2016 at 11am
William Ellery Channing’s Newport
William Ellery Channing, a key figure in the Unitarian Church and influential in the Transcendental and abolition movements, was born in Newport in 1780. Visit sites from his life, learn about his ideas, and explore his family’s connections with Newport history.

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.

IMG_3257-640x640 - Copy (2)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.

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