by Wildcat Dianne
June 17, 2003
The Old Colony House was the headquarters of French General Rochambeau after American and French armies liberated Newport from the British during the American Revolution (1780). It was here that George Washington, Rochambeau, and many other colonial leaders met to discuss the future of America. This meeting was a historic moment that shaped our history.
I arrived at the Old Colony House in the morning and made my way 1/2 way up the stairs when a man told me that there was a meeting going on upstairs. He said it was OK to look inside at the empty courtroom and main room of the house. I entered the courtroom, passed the police officer at the door, and said hello to the guard. I asked him if this was a courtroom at one time, and he said yes. The courtroom was complete with a bench, witness stand, and a pillory that I joked would be ideal for me to take home and use on a co-worker when he misbehaved.
I looked around the courtroom for about 5 minutes when I heard the meeting upstairs adjourn, and the police officer at the door said, "Miss! The meeting is over! You''ll have to leave!" I said thank you to both the guard and policeman and took my leave before having to be thrown out, but I left the Old Colony House knowing more about our history and a sense of pride.
It is free to tour the Old Colony House, and when there are not any special events going on upstairs, you can tour the upstairs as well as the downstairs. It is well worth 30-45 minutes of your time to see.
From journal Mansions, Revolution, Beaches, and Claus Von Bulow