Historic sites include mansions, lighthouses, gardens, military museums

Rhode Island was established during Colonial times as offshot of the Massachusetts Puritans. On a vacation trip to Rhode Island today, historic fans can enjoy the Gilded-Age Newport mansions like the Breakers and Rosecliff; tour Slater Mill, where the Industrial Revolution in America was born; and dine at Federal Hill, Providence's Little Italy. Historic lighthouses and boat cruises to take you there are plentiful.
View from the Cliff - Rough Point Mansion - Newport, RI
Rough Point

680 Bellevue Avenue Newport, RI, 02840 Phone: 401-847-8344

Newport mansion, museum reflect the tastes and show the collection of heiress Doris Duke

With its stunning view of the Atlantic and breathtaking rooms that reflect the life of its most recent owner - heiress, collector, and preservationist Doris Duke - the Rough Point Museum has extensive collections of fashion, fine arts, and decorative arts. Visitors to the house today hear stories of the residents of Rough Point—including Doris Duke, beloved cook Hulda Goudie, and pet camels, Princess and Baby—as you walk through the mansion rooms. Highlights include the solarium featuring breathtaking ocean views, to grand Music Room where Doris Duke practiced piano, and the Kitchen with a deluxe 1920s cigar case. Upstairs is a special exhibition where you can learn more about Doris’s life and legacy. Other not-to-be-missed objects include the Tiffany swan centerpiece, portraits by Anthony Van Dyck and a Yuan dynasty jar.
Open seasonally March-early January - Gor information about operating hours please check the Rough Point website.
Exterior View - Whitehorne House Museum - Newport, RI
Whitehorne House Museum

416 Thames Street Newport, RI, 02840 Phone: 401-849-7300

Furniture museum reflects Newport’s unique artistry, industry, & craft

Dedicated to the artistry, industry, and craft of 18th- century Newport furniture and decorative arts, the Whitehorne House Museum is housed in a finely restored Federal-style brick home along Newport’s historic Thames Street waterfront. The house was one of many restored by the Newport Restoration Foundation in order to preserve the cultural and architectural heritage of 18th-century Aquidneck Island. Inside the museum, which reopens in May 2022, visitors will explore Newport’s role in the development of the United States and the wider global trade system through the objects in the collection: from the practical Windsor chair, to the statuesque mahogany High Chest, to the exquisitely designed dressing table.
Open seasonally March-early January - Gor information about operating hours please check the Whitehorne House Museum website.
Steamship Historical Society of America - Warwick Office of Tourism - Warwick, RI
Steamship Historical Society of America

2500 Post Road Warwick, RI, 02886 Phone:

Exquisite maritime paintings and ship models on display at the Steamship Historical Society of America will transport you into a time when steam power was king and steam-powered ships dominated the globe. The society in Warwick is a brotherhood dedicated to preserving the history of engine-powered vessels. It interactive website and magazine “PowerShips” are a wealth of information. If you want to visit and see the archives, make an appointment through the society’s website. You will get an enthusiastic reception.
Warwick Center for the Arts - Warwick Office of Tourism - Warwick, RI
Warwick Center for the Arts

3259 Post Road Warwick, RI, 02886 Phone: 401-737-0010

Like many places in New England, the building that houses the Warwick Center for the Arts has its own history. The flat, crenelated roof of the brick building gives evidence of its first role as the Kentish Artillery Armory, a National Historic Landmark. In 1977, the building was deeded to the city and Warwick Museum of Art moved into it. That museum – now the Warwick Center for the Arts – was created in 1974 as part of the American Bicentennial Celebration focused on historic exhibits. Here you can enjoy rotating art exhibit, art demos, performances, and a comedy club presented every Friday evening.
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Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum

101 Ferry Road / Route 114 Bristol, RI, 02809 Phone: 401-253-2707

Blithewold is a 435-room English-style manor house and home of the prosperous Van Wickle family. Its beautiful grounds and gardens offer sweeping view of Narraganssett Bay below. The house is English Country Manor style with influences of the English Arts and Crafts Movement. Lawns, gardens, and planted beds include a rock garden, a rose garden with a centenarian Chestnut Rose; one of the tallest Giant Sequoias on the east coast.
Hours: Mid-April through Columbus Day, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The gardens and grounds are open year-round, daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $11; seniors, $9; youths age 6-17, $3.
State Capitol of Rhode Island

82 Smith Street Providence, RI Phone: 401-277-2357

Completed in 1904, the building has the fourth largest self-supported dome in the world. Historic Rhode Island items on display include the original Rhode Island Charter (1663) and a portrait of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart, a Rhode Island native. Free guided tours are offered year-round, Monday through Friday, by advance arrangement. Tour stops include the Bell Room, where Rhode Island's replica of the Philadelphia Liberty Bell is displayed; the State Room, where Gilbert Stuart's famous portrait of George Washington hangs.
Hours: See website to arrange tours. Tours are 50 minutes. Allow enough extra time to pass through security.
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National Museum of American Illustration and Frederick Law Olmsted Park

Vernon Court at 492 Bellevue Avenue Newport, RI, 02840 Phone: 401-851-8949

This essential American art form is on display at this largest collection original artworks from the Golden Age of American Illustration anywhere in the world. The museum includes artworks by N.C. Wyeth, Maxfield Parrish, Norman Rockwell, and more than 100 other artists. Vernon Court is a furnished 1898 mansion, a unique union of art and architecture, and a national treasure.
Hours: Memorial Day to Labor Day; see website for hours. Open year-round by advance reservation for groups or private tours.
Touro-Synagogue in Newport
Touro Synagogue

85 Touro Street Newport, RI Phone: 401-847-4794

The oldest synagogue in North America is a worldwide symbol of religious freedom. Built in 1763, the synagogue houses the oldest torah in North America and a letter written by George Washington 1790.
Hours: Hours vary seasonally. Call for specific times or to make an appointment.
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Casey Farm

2325 Boston Neck Road (Route 1A) Saunderstown, RI, 02874 Phone: 401-295-1030

Explore this working farm with a tour that includes the farmyard and the family cemetery, where six generations of Caseys are buried. Visitors are welcome to ramble along trails and view the organic vegetable and flower gardens. The farm also keeps a flock of heirloom Dominique chickens as well as heritage-breed turkeys. Hiking trails surround the property.
Hours: June 1-October 15, Tuesday and Thursday, 1-5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The Coastal Grower’s Farmers’ Market is held on Saturdays, May through October, 9 a.m.-noon.
Admission: $4; seniors, $3; students and children, $2.
Information: http://bit.ly/XAkVZO
Beavertail Lighthouse - Jamestown, RI - Photo Credit Eliza Newland
Beavertail Lighthouse

Beavertail Point, Beavertail Road Jamestown, RI Phone: 401-423-3270

While the current tower of this lighthouse was built in 1856, it sits on the site of just the third lighthouse built in the United States--back in 1749. A museum discusses the history of the lighthouse and the area.
Gilbert Stuart Birthplace and grist mill in RI
Gilbert Stuart Birthplace and Museum

815 Gilbert Stuart Road Saunderstown, RI, 02874 Phone: 401-294-3001

A showplace for reproductions of the works of Gilbert Stuart, one of America’s foremost portrait painters, this home also is an authentically restored and furnished workingman’s home and the site of the first snuff mill in America. The lovely wooded homestead on the banks of the Mattatuxet Brook also features a partially restored grist mill and a fascinating fish ladder. The grist mill houses the original fine-grained granite stones used to grind corn for the famous Rhode Island johnny cakes.
Hours: May- September; limited hours in October; call ahead for days and times. 
Admission: Adults, $10; children age 6-12, $6
Information: www.gilbertstuartmuseum.com
North Light Lighthouse and Beach

North End of Corn Neck Road New Shoreham (Block Island), RI Phone: 401-466-3200

This is the fourth Rhode Island lighthouse erected on the shifting sands on Block Island's Sandy Point. The building was opened in 1993 as an interpretive center. The lighthouse is on the grounds of the National Wildlife Sanctuary, which contains hiking trails. No tower access. Reaching the lighthouse requires walking for about 20 minutes from the parking area on a sandy beach. There is an interpretive center in the first floor of the building.
Hours: Thursday-Monday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; closed Tuesday & Wednesday and on rainy days
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Trinity Church

One Queen Anne Square Newport, RI, 02840 Phone: 401-846-0660

Historic church completed in 1726. George Washington worshiped there when visiting Newport, and the organ was tested by George Frederick Handel before being sent from England. Contains Tiffany stained-glass windows and the only three-tiered, wine glass pulpit in America.
Fort Adams State Park

Ocean Drive Newport, RI Phone: 401-847-2400

Historic fort property hosts picnics, swimming, fishing, historic reenactments, sailing

An active military fort from 1799 to 1945, Fort Adams sits on over 21 acres and held up to 2,400 troops. The Fort often hosts special historical events like reenactments of battles and the daily lives of soldiers in a historic setting. The original defenses still standing include walls, powder magazines, guns and cannons, and tunnels. See full description of Fort Adams State Park.
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Watson Farm

455 North Road Jamestown, RI Phone: 401-423-0005

This working farm is managed according to the principles of sustainable agriculture and raises heritage-breed cattle and other livestock. Visitors follow a self-guided walking tour to explore the open fields and pastures. Walk to commanding views of Narragansett Bay, stroll along the shore, and observe wildlife and the seasonal activities of the farm. The house is not open to the public. Owned and operated by Historic New England.
Hours: June 1-October 15, Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday, 1-5 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $4; seniors, $3; students and children, $2.
Hearthside House Museum / Hannaway Blacksmith Shop / Chase Farm

677 Great Road (Route 123) Lincoln, RI, 02865 Phone:

Hearthside House, built in 1810, is a fieldstone mansion on the first road between Providence and Mendon, Massachusetts. It is an example of 1800s Federal architecture and it is on the National Register of Historic Places. It is named after the ten fireplaces, one in each room of the house. Tours of the house are held monthly. Seasonal and special events include afternoon teas, Early American crafts demonstrations, a Victorian Christmas , an Antiques Fair and Antiques Appraisal Day, and a Civil War re-enactment.
Chase Farm is right just a block away from the museum. (401-333-1100) This 118-acre dairy farm is preserved as a green space and is used for activities such as summer concerts. Also on-site are a butterfly garden and the Hannaway Blacksmith Shop, which is open several times a year for blacksmithing demonstrations. Open from dawn to dusk.
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Clouds Hill Museum

4175 Post Road Warwick, RI, 02886 Phone: 401-884-9490

A portal to the past...

This Victorian House Museum, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was built in 1872 by William Smith Slater for his daughter, Elizabeth Ives Slater at the time of her marriage. It has been passed down through successive female members of the family and it is now open to the public. In addition to the architecture and interior design of the house, visitors enjoy seeing collections of Victorian-era textiles, porcelain, and more.
Smith-Appleby House

220 Stillwater Road Smithfield, RI Phone: 401-231-7363

A restored farmhouse, built in 1696, is a 12-room structure near Georgiaville Pond and is registered on the National Register of Historic Places. Tours are led by interpreters in Colonial attire. Visitors learn about the house's history and architecture; hear stories about the Smith-Appleby family; and see demonstrations of 18th- and 19th-centurey life.
Hours: Seasonal hours; tours are held Saturdays, 1-4 p.m. Call ahead to confirm house is open.
Admission: $5
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Naval War College Museum

686 Cushing Road Newport, RI, 02841 Phone: 401-841-4052

Naval museum, one of nine in U.S., housed in landmark building

Founders Hall, site of the Naval War College Museum, was making waves long before it was named a National Historic Landmark. Built in 1820, the stately structure served as the Newport Asylum for the Poor before becoming the original home of the Naval War college in 1884. It is the site where Capt. Alfred Thayer Mahan delivered his famous lectures on naval history and tactics, published in 1890 as “The Influence of Sea Power Upon History, 1660-1783.” Now it is one of nine official Navy Department museums in the nation, exhibiting artifacts and documents dating from the 1500s to today.
Year round hours: Monday -Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed weekends & federal holidays. Reservations and Passes required in advance for those without base access - please call ahead of time to arrange your visit.
Old Narragansett Church - Wickford, RI
Old Narragansett Church

Church Lane off Main Street Wickford, RI, 02852 Phone: 401-294-4357

One of the four original colonial parishes in Rhode Island, this church was built in 1707. Includes antique communion silver, slave gallery, and the oldest church organ in North America, built in 1680. Gilbert Stuart, the portrait artist, was baptized there in 1755.
Old School House

East Main Road and Union Street Portsmouth, RI Phone: 401-683-9178

The oldest schoolhouse in the United States, built in 1716. Antique textbooks, school bells, and school furniture on display.
Hours: Memorial Day-Labor Day, Saturday-Sunday, 1-4 p.m.; also by appointment.
The Towers

Ocean Road Narragansett, RI Phone: 401-783-7121

The Towers are all that remains of the historic Narragansett Pier Casino, built in 1883 and designed by world famous architect Stanford White, who also built the original Madison Square Garden in New York City. Restoration of the property currently is underway, and there are exhibits to view there, in adition to the Narragansett Chamber of Commerce Visitor's Center. Open daily 9 am-4 pm. Summer tours are available.
General James Mitchell Varnum House - East Greenwich, RI
General James Mitchell Varnum House

57 Peirce Street East Greenwich, RI, 02818 Phone: 401-884-1776

James Mitchell Varnum was one of George Washington’s generals. His mansion was built in 1773, and visitors can enjoy the Colonial garden, the paneled walls, and period furnishings.
Hours: Open weekends from June-August, 1-4pm. Donations are encouraged.
Wilbor House Museum

548 West Main Road (Route 77) Little Compton, RI, 02837 Phone: 401-635-4035

Built in the 17th century and expanded and remodeled over the next 200 years, the property was restored in 1956 by the Little Compton Historical Society. The house contains period furniture and artifacts. The barn features historic farm items, vehicles, and tools. There is a Colonial herb garden. Guided tours available.
Hours: Late June through Labor Day and other times by special appointment.
Admission: Cost: Adults, $5; Children, $1.
Governor Sprague Mansion - Cranston, RI
Governor Sprague Mansion

1351 Cranston Street Cranston, RI, 02920 Phone: 401-944-9226

Built in 1790, this home was owned by the Sprague family, who produced two Rhode Island governors. The house contains period furniture and artifacts. In the stable house there are carriages, carts, winter sleighs, and a Bicentennial Conestoga wagon. Open year-round by appointment.
Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House - Newport, RI
Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House - Newport Historical Society

17 Broadway Newport, RI, 02840 Phone: 401-846-0813

The oldest restored home in Newport, built in 1675. The house is the site of the Stamp Act Riot of 1765 and was home to Colonial governors, justices, and patriots. Property also contains a Colonial herb garden.
Hours: Open for tours during special events only. Please visit the website for specific dates & times.
Slater Memorial Park Carousel - Pawtucket, RI
Slater Memorial Park Carousel

Newport Avenue (Route 1A) Pawtucket, RI, 02861 Phone: 401-728-0500

The stately grounds of this park include an early carousel by Danish immigrant Charles I. D. Looff. The carousel boasts 42 horses, three dogs, and a lion, camel, and giraffe; they are some of the earliest examples of Looffs work.
Hours: The carousel is temporarily closed. Please call for updated information.
Watch Hill Lighthouse Museum

14 Lighthouse Road Watch Hill, RI, 02891 Phone: 401-348-5089

Exhibits feature information about life in the area in the 18th and 19th century, particularly relating to marine issues. Facing Fisher's Island Sound, the lighthouse was built in 1858.
Hours: Open Tues-Thurs from July-August, 1-3pm.
Channing Memorial Church - Newport, RI
Channing Memorial Church

135 Pelham Street Newport, RI, 02840 Phone: 401-846-0643

Built in 1880, this Unitarian Church was named for William Ellery Channing, a leader in the Unitarian Church and the abolitionist movement. The structure is built mostly of granite, and features artistic stained glass windows and a bronze plaque by Augustus Saint-Gaudens. This church was attended by Julia Ward Howe, author of the Battle Hymn of the Republic.
Hours: Open for Sunday worship at 10 a.m., and by appointment.
Brown University

Prospect, Waterman, Thayer and George streets Providence, RI Phone: 401-863-1000

One of the Ivy League universities, Brown was founded in 1764. The campus houses several historic buildings and sites, most of which are still in use today. The campus and neighborhood provide ample opportunity for both long and short walks. The university can information concerning the myriad of historic buildings.
Babcock-Smith House

124 Granite Street Westerly, RI Phone: 401-596-5704

Built in 1734, this was the home of Dr. Joshua Babcock, who was the first physician to practice in Westerly, and who also served as postmaster. Babcock is known as a friend of Benjamin Franklin. A later resident of the house, Orlando Smith, discovered granite on the property, which became a major industry for the community in the 19th century.
Hours: May 30 through October 31, Saturday, 2-5 p.m.; July and August, Friday and Saturdays, 2-5 p.m. Group tours by arrangement.
Admission: Adults, $5; children, $1.
Information: www.babcock-smithhouse.com
Salve Regina University

100 Ochre Point Ave. Newport, RI, 02840 Phone: 401-847-6650 Toll-Free: 800-321-7124

A nationally recognized university in the heart of historic Newport, Salve Regina has a beautiful oceanside campus on the edge of the scenic Cliff Walk.
Information: www.salve.edu
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Slatersville Village Green

Off Route 146 North Smithfield, RI Phone:

Slatersville is one of the country's oldest mill villages, and this typical New England village green is surrounded by a meeting house and numerous homes from the 17th and 18th centuries. Open year-round.
Old State House of Rhode Island

150 Benefit Street Providence, RI Phone: 401-277-2678

Home to the Rhode Island General Assembly during the Revolutionary War period, built in 1762. The Declaration of Independence was signed here on May 4, 1776, two months before the other colonies. Open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Old Stone Mill

Touro Park Newport, RI Phone: 401-846-1398

A bit of mystery surrounds this site: some theorize it was built by Colonial farmers, others that it is far older and actually may have been constructed by visiting Norsemen before the 15th century.
Hours: Open year-round, dawn to dusk.
Swamp Meadow Covered Bridge - Foster, RI
Swamp Meadow Covered Bridge

Central Pike, over Hemlock Brook Foster, RI Phone:

The only remaining covered bridge in Rhode Island, this bridge was completed in 1994 and is a reproduction of an early 19th century covered bridge. The lumber for the bridge was donated and cut from local forests.
Wickford Village

Route 1A Wickford, RI Phone: 877-295-7200

Historic seaside village founded in 1641, visitors will find great water views, 17th- and 18th-century buildings that are well preserved, and many fine shops and restaurants.
Whitehall Museum House

311 Berkeley Avenue Middletown, RI, 02842 Phone: 401-846-3116

Built in 1729 by Dean George Berkeley, an Anglican bishop and philosopher. The home is authentically furnished with 18th century antiques and the small gardens are landscaped with a variety of plants and flowers.
Hours: July-August, daily except Monday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Adults over age 15, $5.
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Old Slater Mill National Historic Landmark

67 Roosevelt Avenue Pawtucket, RI, 02862 Phone: 401-725-8638

Site of several colonial structures, including Slater Mill (1793), birthplace of American industry, the Sylvanus Brown House (1758), and Wilkinson Mill (1810), home to an authentic 19th century machine shop. This rhode Island site also features a eight-ton working water wheel, constructed in 1826, and regular demonstrations of early textile machinery, hand-spinning, and weaving, , making for an interesting place to visit and thing to do especially on your next family vacation.
Hours: Vary seasonally; call ahead.
Admission: Adults age 13-64, $12; seniors over age 64, $10; children age 6-12, $8.50
Stephen Hopkins House - Providence, RI
Governor Stephen Hopkins House

15 Hopkins Street Providence, RI, 02903 Phone: 401-751-1008

This is the home of Stephen Hopkins, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, his family, and their slaves, for over 40 years. Hopkins added the Georgian style front in 1743. Twice moved, it was restored and opened as a museum in 1929. Eight rooms are filled with period antiques & Hopkins heirlooms.
Hours: Guided tours given April through November, Saturdays 10am to 4pm, and also year-round 11am-2pm. Donations are requested in lieu of an admission charge.
Pawtuxet Village

Narragansett Parkway Warwick, RI Phone: Toll-Free: 800-4WARWICK

Settled in 1642 Pawtuxet Village lays claim to being New England's oldest village. This Historic District features many colonial and historic homes along tree-lined streets. During the early years of settlement colonists were beset by Indian attacks. Pawutuxet Village also was a stop on the Underground Railroad.
Great Friends Meeting House

Farewell Street and Marlborough Street Newport, RI Phone: 401-846-0813

Built in 1699, the meeting house is the oldest religious building in Newport. Features the history of the Quakers, once the dominant religion in Newport colony. Open by appointment only, call at least one week in advance.
Point Judith Lighthouse

1460 Ocean Road Narragansett, RI Phone: 401-789-0444

Built in 1816, this eight-sided building replaced the original lighthouse, which was lost in a gale in 1815. During the American Revolution, the light was the site of a Coast Guard station. The grounds are open to visitors and plenty of information is available on the history of the site. Access to the lighthouse and the Coast Guard Station are restricted, but tours for groups can be arranged by appointment.
Hours: Open Monday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum

199 Hope Street Providence, RI, 02906 Phone: 401-453-0688

A Victorian mansion built in 1865, it is a National Historic Landmark. Home of two Rhode Island governors. Intricately decorated and furnished with authentic pieces from the Victorian period.
Tours: Available by reservation only. May thru October, Fridays & select Saturdays. Tour admission is $10 for adults, $5 for Students, and Free for Kids 12 & under and EBT card holders.
General Nathaniel Greene Homestead - Coventry, RI
General Nathanael Greene Homestead

50 Taft Street Coventry, RI, 02816 Phone: 401-821-8630

The home of George Washington's second-in-command, built in 1770. The grounds include a veterans garden and Revolutionary War cannon.
Hours: Fridays-Mondays from April 1-October 31, 10am - 5pm.
Admission: Adults $8, Children $4.
Herreshoff Marine Museum and America's Cup Hall of Fame

1 Burnside Street Bristol, RI, 02809 Phone: 401-253-5000

The museum and hall of fame present the story of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company and the America's Cup competition. From 1863 to 1945, the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company produced the world's finest yachts on the cutting edge of design and engineering. This Rhode Island museum's collection includes 60 original Herreshoff boats, steam engines, artifacts, and photographs from the Golden Age of Yachting.
Hours: April 26-November 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; other times of year by appointment.
Admission: Adults, $10; seniors over age 65, $8; military, $8, youth over age 10, $5.
Information: www.herreshoff.org/
Federal Hill

Atwells Avenue and surrounding streets Providence, RI Phone:

This is Rhode Island's Little Italy. A true example of Providence's old-world roots, with historic buildings and a big splash of the Italian culture that made Providence grow in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Enjoy bakeries, shops, and some of the best restaurants in New England. Take an evening or afternoon walk or stroll through these colorful streets and feel like you have stepped into the Old World for a day.
Gray's Store

4 Main Street Little Compton, RI Phone: 401-635-4566

One of the oldest continuously operation stores in the United States, Gray's was built in 1788. On the premises are the areas original post office, built in 1804, a historic soda fountain, display cases, and an ice chest. Numerous antiques are on display, and the store has cheddar cheese, penny candy, and collectibles for sale.
Hours: Open year-round, call for operating hours.
Roger Williams National Memorial

282 North Main Street Providence, RI Phone: 401-521-7266

Rhode Island's only national park on the site of the original Providence colonial settlement. A visitors center chronicles the life and times of Roger Williams, founder of the state of Rhode Island.
Hours: The visitor center at the memorial is open daily, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Admission: Free.
St. Mary's Church - Newport, RI
St. Mary's Church

12 William Street Newport, RI, 02840 Phone: 401-847-0475

Rhode Island's oldest Roman Catholic parish was founded in 1828. The church is best known as the site of the wedding of Jacqueline Bouvier to John Fitzgerald Kennedy in 1953. Named to the National Register of historic Places in 2008.
Linden Place

500 Hope St. / Route 114 Bristol, RI, 02809 Phone: 401-253-0390

Linden Place mansion was built in 1810 by the seafaring General George DeWolf. The property includes the mansion, a ballroom built in 1906, a barn built in the 19th century, and an 18th-century summer house. The grounds include historic sculpture and gardens. Live music performances are offered throughout the year.
Guided tours of the estate, featured in the film "The Great Gatsby," are given May through Columbus Day, Thursday to Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and occasional Sundays. Tours by appointment are available November through April.
Hours: Mansion and museum store, May 1 through Columbus Day, Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday, noon-4 p.m.; office open daily, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Information: www.lindenplace.org
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Seventh Day Baptist Meeting House

82 Touro Street Newport, RI, 02840 Phone: 401-846-0813

Next to the Newport Historical Society Museum, this church was built in 1729 and is the oldest 7th Day Baptist structure in the U.S. The pulpit is rich in decor. The building includes a William Claggett clock. Call for hours and to make an appointment.
Crescent Park Carousel

Crescent Park, 700 Bullocks Point Avenue Riverside, RI, 02915 Phone: 401-435-7518

This classic Victorian carousel was designed by Charles I.D. Loof, and constructed in 1895. The mechanism includes 66 figures and a carved band organ. It's the official Rhode Island State Symbol of Folk Art. Concession stand and a gift shop are available.
Hours: Spring and fall, Saturday-Sunday, noon-9 p.m.; Memorial Day-July, Friday-Sunday, noon-9 p.m.; July-Labor Day, Wednesday-Sunday, noon-9 p.m.
Information: http://bit.ly/YxuC9m
Flying Horse Carousel

Bay Street Watch Hill, RI Phone: 401-596-7761

The Flying Horse Carousel is the oldest in the country, and records show it was used earlier than 1879. It was brought to Watch Hill in 1883. Each carousel horse is hand-carved from a single piece of wood, and features authentic tails, manes, leather saddles, and agate eyes. They are suspended from a frame in the center, swinging out above the base of the carousel when it is in motion. Only children are permitted to ride the carousel.
Hours: Open June 15-Labor Day, 1-9 p.m.
John Brown House Museum

52 Power Street Providence, RI, 02906 Phone: 401-273-7507

One of America's grandest mansions when completed in 1788, the house at 52 Power Street was home first to John Brown, a businessman, patriot, politician, China trade pioneer, and slave trader who participated in the debates and practices that shaped the new nation. Group, school, and special tours are available by appointment when you decide to visit this Rhode Island museum on your next vacation or getaway. .
Hours: December 1-March 31, Friday and Saturday, 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 and 3 p.m.; April 1-November 30, Tuesday-Friday, 1:30 and 3 p.m.; Saturdays, 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 and 3 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $10; seniors and students, $8; children age 7-17, $6.
Information: rihs.org/museums_jbh.html
Brick Marketplace

Long Wharf, Thames Street and America's Cup Avenue Newport, RI Phone:

Originally built in 1762 as a market and granary, this complex has been restored and is now a popular mall.
Jamestown Windmill

North Road, off Route 138 Jamestown, RI Phone: 401-423-1798

Built in 1787, this windmill has been restored and is owned by the Jamestown Historical Society. Tours are available.
Hours: Open mid-June to mid-September, Saturday and Sunday, 1-4 p.m. and by appointment.
Providence Athenaeum - Providence, RI
Providence Athenaeum

251 Benefit Street Providence, RI, 02903 Phone: 401-421-6970

The Athenaeum is one of the oldest libraries in the country, founded in 1753. The building itself was constructed in 1838 in granite Greek Revival style. Still a fully functional subscription library, interesting exhibits of rare and historic books are often found on the site.
Museum of the Artillery Company of Newport

23 Clarke Street Newport, RI, 02840 Phone: 401-846-8488

In the Newport Armory, built in 1836, the museum contains a large collection of military artifacts, both from the U.S. and foreign sources representing more than 100 countries past and present. The museum is run by the Rhode Island Militia, which was chartered in 1741 and is the country's oldest military organization.
Hours: May–October, Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and by appointment the rest of the year.
Admission: Free; donations are accepted.
Redwood Library - Newport, RI
Redwood Library and Athenaeum

50 Belleville Avenue Newport, RI, 02840 Phone: 401-847-0292

Outstanding portraits done in the 18th and 19th centuries can be found in the nation's oldest library building. The library hosts many special cultural and seasonal public events throughout the year.
Hours: Mon, Weds, Fri & Sat, 11am - 4pm.
Eleazer Arnold House - Lincoln, RI
Arnold House

487 Great Road Lincoln, RI, 02865 Phone: 401-728-9696

In 1693, Eleazer Arnold built his imposing house along the Great Road. Two stories high, with a pilastered chimney, the home dominated the modest dwellings of nearby farmers. With its massive chimney end wall, the house is a rare survivor of a building type known as a stone ender. Visitors find evidence of 17th-century construction methods, 18th-century additions, 19th-century graffiti, and 20th-century preservation.
Hours: Open Sundays from June to Columbus Day. Tours available hourly 11am - 3pm.
Admission: Adults $10, Seniors $9, Students & Children $5.
Kingston Village

Along Route 138 South Kingstown, RI Phone: 401-783-1328

Kingston Village was founded in 1723, and many historic buildings remain, adding to the atmosphere of Colonial life in Rhode Island. Located right at the entrance to the University of Rhode Island.
First Baptist Church in America - Providence, RI
First Baptist Church in America

75 North Main Street Providence, RI, 02903 Phone: 401-454-3418

This is the oldest Baptist Church in America, established by Rhode Island founder Roger Williams in 1638. The existing structure was built in 1775, and sports a Waterford crystal chandelier designed and constructed in 1792. Tours are currently unavailable due to reconstruction work, but Sunday worship is still ongoing at 11am.
Newport Congregational Church - Newport, RI
Newport Congregational Church

73 Pelham Street Newport, RI, 02840 Phone: 401-849-2238

The most recently built church for a congregation originally formed in 1695. Constructed in 1835, this is one of only two churches in the U.S. to be completely decorated by 19th century painter John LaFarge. The church was named a National Historic Landmark in 2012, and is currently undergoing a restoration. Open by appointment only.
Smith's Castle

55 Richard Smith Drive Wickford, RI Phone: 401-294-3521

This National Landmark was built in 1678, and is very near to the trading center built by Roger Williams, the founder of Rhode Island, in 1636. Numerous archeological discovers have been made here, and in 1995 the original house underwent a major restoration.
Hours: Open May-June and September-October, Friday-Sunday, noon-4 p.m.; July-August, Thursday-Sunday, noon-4 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $6; children age 6-112, $2.
Information: www.smithscastle.org
Coggeshall Farm Museum

Off Route 114 Bristol, RI, 02809 Phone: 401-253-9062

This is a 35-acre colonial farm, established in 1750. This Rhode Island museum features rare breeds of livestock, a barn, cooling house, blacksmith, and springhouse, making it a great thing to do with kids for a family activity on vacation.
Hours: Year-round, Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Adults, $5; children, $3.
Information: www.coggeshallfarm.org.