Other Interesting Places
(Call or visit websites for events and special exhibits.)
Providence & North
John Brown House ............... 273-7507
52 Power St., Providence
John Brown House (built 1786) is furnished with the finest examples of RI furniture and decorative arts. Attention to historical accuracy has made this one of the ten finest house museums in America.
Hannaway Blacksmith Shop ............... 726-0597
667 Great Rd., Lincoln
The one-story, barn-like structure was built in the late nineteenth century and was recently restored as a demonstration workshop. Tours by appointment. Call for special tours, events, and classes (including Hand Forging Class for teens).
Steven Hopkins House
Benefit Street at the corner of Hopkins, opposite the foot of George Street
Home of Rhode Island's own Founding Father, Signer of the Declaration of Independence, and 10-term colonial Governor
*Twice visited by George Washington, 8 rooms furnished with period antiques & Hopkins family heirlooms
*Guided tours sharing the complex story of Stephen Hopkins, his family & their slaves up to & during the American Revolution
Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum ............... 253-2707
101 Ferry Rd., Bristol
Located on Narragansett Bay, 25 minutes east of Providence and 60 minutes south of Boston, Blithewold is one of the finest garden estates in New England. Your family can explore gardens, shoreline, specimen trees (including giant sequoias), and a 45-room English style manor house filled with antiques and artwork, all chronicling the rich social history of the lives of one family over a span of more than 80 years. Open mid-April to Columbus Day and again during the Christmas holidays. Visit our website for dates, hours and a complete list of fun-for-the-whole-family events and programs.
Chase-Cory House ............... 624-3358
Four Corners, Main Rd., Tiverton. The Chase-Cory House, a fine example of pre-revolutionary coastal village farm architecture. Special events throughout the entire year. Hours by appointment.
Fire Department Memorial Building ............... 423-0062
Narragansett Ave., Jamestown Antique fire fighting equipment and a horse-drawn steam engine are on display. Open weekdays from 7-3.
Fort Barton Revolutionary War Monument
Highland Rd., Tiverton (across from Town Hall). Climb the re-creation of the fort for a beautiful view of the Bay. Three miles of wooded trails for hiking. Open sunrise to sunset.
Green Animals Topiary Garden ............... 847-1000
Cory’s Lane, off Rt. 114, Portsmouth
More than 80 sculptured trees and shrubs in the shape of animals and geometric forms, formal flowerbeds, fruit and vegetable gardens on this 7-acre historic country estate overlooking Narragansett Bay. Open 10-6 daily, May-mid-October.
Holocaust Education and Resource Center of RI ............... 453-7860
Jewish Community Center of RI,
401 Elmgrove Ave., Prov. An educational resource center which focuses on community outreach. Library of books & tapes available to the public. Memorial Garden. Call for appt.
The International Tennis Hall of Fame ............... 849-3990
194 Bellevue Ave., Newport
Dedicated to preserving the history of tennis, inspiring & encouraging junior tennis development, enshrining tennis heroes and heroines, and providing a landmark for tennis enthusiasts worldwide.
Jamestown Windmill ............... 423-7202
N. Main Rd., Jamestown. Open mid July - mid Sept, weekends from 1-4 . Closed in bad weather.
Linden Place ............... 253-0390
500 Hope St., Bristol. This 1810 Federal Mansion and grounds features colorful stories of famous people, including four US Presidents and actress Ethel Barrymore. It was the home of Colonel S.P. Colt, a millionaire industrialist. The interior boasts a four-story, self-supporting spiral mahagony staircase and furnishings from its 200-year history. Call for hours and calendar of events.
The Preservation Society of Newport County ............... 847-1000
11 historic house museums, including The Breakers, Marble House and Rosecliff. Rediscover the spirit of America in historic Colonial, Victorian and Gilded Age houses built as a testimony to the uplifting qualities of great art, architecture, decor and open space. Learn about the fascinating lives of the men and women who lived and worked there. Open 10-4.
Touro Synagogue ............... 847-4794
85 Touro St., Newport
Touro is the oldest synagogue in the US. A copy of President Washington’s famous letter to the congregation, on display, pledges that the new American nation would give “to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance.” Daily tours every half hour (except on Sat. and Jewish holidays). Call for hours.
West Bay & South County
Smith's Castle ............... 294-3521
55 Richard Smith Drive, N. Kingstown. www.smithscastle.org National Register Historic Building and a National Historic Landmark Archeological site where colonists first arrived in the 1600's. We feature a garden containing flowers that would be typically found in a
colonial homestead for dying cloth, cooking and medicinal uses. We have a mass grave site marker from the 1675 King Phillips War. Our Gift Shop, featuring colonial style toys and gifts, is open during tour hours. Visitors are invited to bring a picnic lunch and wander our grounds along Narragansett Bay. Guided Tours, by costumed docents. Events include Strawberry Festival in June, a Harvest Fair in October and more.