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Mansions, Revolution, Beaches, and Claus Von Bulow

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A June 2003 trip to Newport by Wildcat Dianne

Mount Hope Bridge, Route 114, Bristol, RI Photo, Newport, Rhode Island More Photos
Quote: Newport, Rhode Island has been known as the playground of the rich by many wealthy and famous families since the 19th century. Besides their mansions, Newport also has a colorful and diverse history dating from 1639 and has many beaches and shops for one to enjoy all year long.

Mansions, Revolution, Beaches, and Claus Von Bulow

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Mount Hope Bridge, Route 114, Bristol, RI Photo, Newport, Rhode Island
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Newport, Rhode Island is a small city of about 26,000 people. It is situated on Narragansett Bay and is today best known as a summer resort. But in the late 17th and early 18th century, Newport became a place of religious tolerance for Puritans and Jewish people fleeing persecution in Europe. Newport is home to the Touro Synagogue (1763), the oldest synagogue in the USA. During the American Revolution, Newport was occupied by the British (1776-80) and was liberated by French troops under the command of General Rochambeau. In 1980, I got to see a re-enactment of the liberation of Newport by the French in honor of the bicentennial of this battle. I had to go to Rhode Island this past ...Read More

Rhode Island Quahog Company

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Restaurant | "The Rhode Island Quahog Company"

Rhode Island Quahog Company Photo, Newport, Rhode Island
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I was very hungry after my morning of sightseeing in Newport, and I decided to have lunch. I did not want lunch in a fast-food restaurant, and I wanted to get as much great Rhode Island seafood into me before I went home to Idaho on June 16. I was putting money into the meter for my car when I looked across the street and saw the Rhode Island Quahog Company. Its big red, white, and blue sign was calling my name to go and eat there. So, I ran across Thames Street and to the Rhode Island Quahog Company. I asked the hostess to seat me outside if there was a seat so that I could enjoy the beautiful Newport day and smell the ocean. I got a seat on the patio, and my waitress, Claire, immed...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 17, 2003

Rhode Island Quahog Company
250 Thames Street
Newport, Rhode Island 02840

Newport Colony House

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Attraction | "The Old Colony House"

Newport Colony House Photo, Newport, Rhode Island
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The Old Colony House in Newport was built by Richard Munday in 1739 and today is the fourth oldest statehouse in the United States. Up until 1900, The Old Colony House was one of five state capitols in Rhode Island. 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 wa...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 17, 2003

Newport Colony House
82 Touro St
Newport, Rhode Island 02840
+1 401 846 0813

Touro Synagogue

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Touro Synagogue Photo, Newport, Rhode Island
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Ever since I was a child, my mother would tell me about her friendships with several Jewish girls in her hometown of Pawtucket and Jewish history. We are not Jewish, but Mom wanted her daughters to be tolerant of the Jewish faith and understand their religion and history. Sometimes, I am surprised at all I know about Jewish history and religion. I had never visited the Touro Synagogue in Newport in several visits before to the city, and I decided before leaving my home in Idaho to visit the historic house of worship during my most recent visit to Newport. The Touro Synagoue is the oldest Synagogue in the United States and the only one that survived the colonial era. Founded by Sepha...Read More

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Touro Synagogue
85 Touro St
Newport, Rhode Island 02840
+1 401 847 4794

Souvenir Shopping in Newport

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Souvenir Shopping in Newport Photo, Newport, Rhode Island
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One thing I like about traveling is souvenir shopping for me, my friends, and family. The one thing I hate about souvenir shopping are the outrageous prices one has to pay for a t-shirt or knick knack. Newport can be an expensive place to shop, live, and vacation in, but if you look really hard, you can get some good deals at many locations throughout the city. In the Long Wharf Mall, a shopping center off of Thames Street, there is Cuffy''s of Newport, a reasonably priced t-shirt and sweatshirt shop where you can get all of your shopping done in one stop. I was able to buy three t-shirts for myself, my friend, and my uncle for $27, which was a good deal for me. Cuffy''s has t-shirt...Read More

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Souvenir Shopping in Newport
Long Wharf Mall and The Brick Market Place
Newport, Rhode Island 02840

Fort Adams

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Attraction | "Fort Adams: A National Historical Landmark"

Fort Adams Photo, Newport, Rhode Island
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I had finished sightseeing in downtown Newport, and I was not ready to head back to my friend''s house in Riverside. So, I ran over to the Information Center on Thames Street in Newport''s city center to see if there was anything else I could check out while I was in town. I picked up a flyer about the Tall Ships being at Fort Adams for Tall Ships Adventure Days and decided to go. So I jumped into my rental car and headed towards Fort Adams on the outskirts of town. Upon arrival, I parked my car close to where the Tall Ships were and the Fort Adams Museum and Information Center. I remember seeing the Tall Ships in Newport when I was a child and the French Tall Ship in Oslo in 1995. Most of ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 19, 2003

Fort Adams
Eisenhower Trust Building
Newport, Rhode Island 02840
+1 401 841 0707

Trinity Church (Trinity Episcopal Church)

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Attraction | "Trinity Church"

Trinity Church (Trinity Episcopal Church) Photo, Newport, Rhode Island
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My first stop on my return to Newport on a sunny Saturday morning was the Trinity Church, located at Queen Anne Square in the center of Newport. I had visited this place many times during my childhood and young adulthood and enjoyed its simple design and whitewashed exterior. The Trinity Church was built in 1726 according to the designs of London churches that were designed by the famous British architect, Sir Christopher Wren. It is another National Historic Landmark and was visited by many dignitaries and famous people in its history. Unfortunately, Trinity Church is only open a few hours a day and I did not get to see its beautiful and simple interior with its three-tiered winegla...Read More

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Trinity Church (Trinity Episcopal Church)
Queen Anne Square
Newport, Rhode Island 02840
(401) 846 0660

The History of the Quahog.

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When I mention Rhode Island and its food, I always mention the quahog. Many people outside of New England have never heard of a quahog, and I tell them it is like a big clam. When I was a student at the University of Idaho in the mid-1990's, I took several classes on the history of Native Americans from my favorite History professor there, Bill Swagerty. During my last semester at UI, I took is Native American/White Relations class, and one of our topics was about the tribes of New England, the Wampanoags and the Narragansetts. Professor Swagerty began to talk about wampum, the Native American currency made from qhahog shells. Professor Swagerty started to say that wampum was made from quaho...Read More
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In 1981-82, I was a teenager growing up in Rhode Island doing the teenage stuff. Rhode Island never really made the national news for anything until Claus von Bulow and his two infamous trials in Newport came along. Claus von Bulow is a Danish aristocrat and playboy. He lived in one of Newport's famous mansions with his second wife Sunny. In 1981, von Bulow alledgedly put Sunny in a coma by injecting insulin into her while she slept and Claus was arrested for attempted murder. He was found guilty in the first trial, but won his appeal for a second trial saying that he wasn't given a fair trial because he was rich. At the second trial, in 1982-83, von Bulow was defended by Alan Dershowitz, the fa...Read More