Newport has been many things to many people over the years. Most famously, it was the summer playground for many of America’s wealthiest and most prominent families during the Gilded Age. Remnants of this storied past are visible today in the many mansions and historic landmarks that dot our shores. Many of Newport’s historic landmarks have been preserved, and visiting these destinations is an excellent way to get a feel for this charming City by the Sea. This fall, take a step back in time and journey into Newport’s history with us, at the beautifully renovated Cliffside Inn Bed and Breakfast. Our Second Empire Victorian Manor House was originally built in 1876, and has since been authentically restored to its original condition. Our award-winning Inn the perfect place for history lovers to stay when in Newport! Book your room today.
Newport’s Most Famous Historic Landmarks
In a city as old as Newport, which dates back nearly 400 years, finding incredible historic landmarks isn’t very difficult. It’s deciding which ones to visit that can be the real challenge. To help make your planning easier, we’ve compiled a list of Newport’s most famous historic landmarks. No trip to Newport would be complete without seeing at least a few of them.
- Mentioned time and time again are Newport’s famous Mansions. You can read a previous post all about them, but the most famous of Newport’s Mansions are: The Breakers, Marble House, The Elms, Rosecliff, Beechwood, and Rough Point. Many of these mansions are found in the Bellevue Avenue Historic District. Here, you’ll also find beautiful gates, fences, and walls that have been preserved, and represent the work of a number of prominent American architects.
- See a historic civil war era fort as you tour Fort Adams State Park. From here, you can also enjoy exceptional panoramic views of both Newport Harbor and the East Passage of Narragansett Bay.
- Newport is home to a number of beautifully preserved, historic lighthouses, such as Rose Island Lighthouse, Beavertail Lighthouse, and Castle Hill Lighthouse, among others. Here’s a previous post if you want to read more about these beautiful beacons of light.
- The Trinity Church in Newport was originally built in 1701, though it was replaced with a larger building in 1726 to accommodate its growing congregation. Today, Trinity church is the only center-aisle, freestanding, triple-decked pulpit left in America, and stands as a wonderful example of early Colonial churches.
- Tennis has long been a popular sport in Newport. The significance and history of this sport has been memorialized at the International Tennis Hall of Fame, which honors players and contributors to the sport of tennis. On site, you’ll find a museum, grass tennis courts, an indoor tennis facility, and a court tennis facility.
- The Touro Synagogue stands as America’s oldest synagogue. The first Jewish settlers in Newport came as early as 1658, but construction of this historic landmark didn’t begin for over 100 years, reaching completion in 1763.
- Ocean Drive, also known as ten-mile drive, is a 10-mile journey past some of Newport’s best scenery and top historic landmarks. Attractions along the way include King Park with its statue of General Rochambeau, Ida Lewis Yacht Club, Fort Adams State Park, Hammersmith Farm, Castle Hill Inn & Resort, Brenton Point State Park, and Gooseberry Beach.
- Coggeshall Farm is an incredible living history museum, depicting what life was like for 18th century settlers in Newport.
Other great historic landmarks in Newport include Kingscote, the Old Colony House, the Great Friends Meeting House, Watson Farm, Prescott Farm, Boyd’s Wind Grist Mill, Conanicut Battery National Historic Park, and so much more. However it is you choose to explore Newport, your journey begins at the historic Cliffside Inn Bed and Breakfast, where gracious hospitality is our specialty. Book your room at our Newport Inn today.